The deadly explosion that sounded during an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in the north of the United Kingdom led to a “chaotic” scene, witnesses say in the immediate aftermath, with one adding: “It was a huge explosion — you could feel it in your chest.”
The police said that a number of people died. The researchers urged people to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena as they looked to the cause.
“It happened right in front of us on the top of the stairs. We did not know what had happened. It had a gun or a bang or an explosion,” the 17-year-old Courtney Spencer, a student who went to the concert with a friend, told The Sun. “We grabbed each other and got away.”
“Everyone was screaming,” Catherine Macfarlane, who at the explosion, told Reuters. “Running and screaming and just trying to get out.”
A ‘NUMBER OF CONFIRMED DEAD,’ POLICE SAY
“There was a man on the ground with his leg all bleeding, and the woman with the blood of one side of her face,” said the bartender who gave only his first name, Tyler, Sky News reported.
Video of the inside of the arena showed concert goers screaming as they make their way from the middle of a sea of pink balloons. Joseph Carozza, a representative of the Grande’s U.S. label, said the singer was OK.
“It’s a lot of teenagers – they are all in tears,” Tyler continued. “A girl had a panic attack and another had streaming tears, a woman had a heart attack.”
CELEBRITIES RESPOND TO REPORTS OF EXPLOSION
“It was a bang, and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang heard suddenly came to us as they tried to leave,” Majid Khan, 22, told the british Press Association.
“The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena, and people began to walk,” the 17-year-old Oliver Jones added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.