Tonight, May 22, an explosion (or, potentially, a series of explosions) occurred at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Reportedly, attendees began fleeing the venue after hearing “two loud bangs.” At press time, the cause of the explosion has not been determined.class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> dir="ltr" lang="en">Two loud bangs heard around Manchester arena. People running out of the arena. No idea what’s going on href="https://t.co/KaRzQckvEE">pic.twitter.com/KaRzQckvEE
First responders remain on the scene as the situation continues to develop, but police have already reported “a number of confirmed fatalities.” The exact number of deaths has not yet been confirmed. Billboard reports that Ariana Grande’s representation have informed the outlet that she is “okay.”
Read the full statement from the Greater Manchester Police below:
UPDATE (11:17 PM): At least 19 people have been confirmed dead, with 50 injured. Ariana Grande has made her first public statement about the tragedy via Twitter.class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
/> from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.