At least 20 people have been killed and “hundreds” of others injured after one or more loud bangs were heard at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.
Law enforcement sources for both the U.S. and Britain say that there were possibly two explosions. As of right now, there is no immediate information on what kind of explosions occurred.
Video footage showed people fleeing the venue in tears, many covered in blood.
Armed officers surrounded the venue and bloodied concertgoers were pictured being helped by emergency services outside the 21,000-seat gig.
Evie Brewster, who attended the concert, told MailOnline: ‘Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded.
‘Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit.
‘We could hear the police and ambulance sirens. It was terrifying.
‘There were thousands of people trying to get out at once. They were all screaming and crying. The whole place smelt smokey and burnt.
‘The explosion sounded like it was inside the building somewhere.’
Manchester’s Victoria station backs onto the arena. All trains have been cancelled and the station has been evacuated.
Greater Manchester Police said:
“Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please AVOID the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene. Details of a casualty bureau will follow as soon as available.”
A police spokesperson said the explosion happened within the foyer area of the venue.
A bomb disposal unit was spotted on sight.
Sadly, the U.S. officials have said initial reports indicate that a number of the casualties may have been caused by a stampede of concert-goers as they were running from the blasts.
From the following eye-witness testimonies, this could be very likely.
Eyewitness Jonathan Yates, 24, who attended the concert told MailOnline:
The concert had finished and the lights came on almost instantly. There was a bang, a weird bang. There were lots of balloons but I thought to myself that can’t be a balloon, that’s not normal.
“We were sat on the floor level and it came from the higher seats, people were running and screaming. Everyone stopped and I turned to my friend and said ‘we need to run’. Everyone was running and screaming and then when we got out it felt a bit more OK.
“I heard five or six bangs that sounded like gunshots. When we got outside people were outside, crying and on their phones.
“You don’t think it’s something that’s going to happen when you go…it was such a nice, fun concert.”
Nick Schurok, 28, from Manchester, told MailOnline: ‘Ariana Grande had just finished the concert and the lights came on. Everyone started leaving. I was on the floor and at the back of the arena people started exiting through the tunnels.
‘There was a bang in the left tunnel and everyone went to the middle tunnel. Then about two minutes later, there was another bang. The bang was so loud and crowds of people were running. There were lots of children and families there.’
Another witness Jenny Brewster told MailOnline: ‘We were exiting the building when it happened. We’d headed towards the main doors as Ariana was performing the last song because we wanted to beat the crowds, but – as we made our way there – a wall of security men blocked it and told us to go the other way.
‘Seconds later they shouted ‘RUN!’ and the explosion happened right behind them. Hundreds of people were running and screaming. Those men saved our lives.’
Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters: ‘We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming.
‘It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.’
Majid Khan, 22, said: ‘I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
‘It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.
‘Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.’
Another concert-goer Laura, 22, told MailOnline: ‘There was a woman leaning against a car in the car park with her head down, covered in blood and a little girl being lifted away by paramedics. There were quite a few people injured in the car park.’
This is a developing story. We will keep you updated as more information is released.