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Several Dead After Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert

Police warned people to avoid the area.

Grande has been performing on the 'Dangerous Woman' tour.
Grande has been performing on the ‘Dangerous Woman’ tour. Image: RMV/REX/Shutterstock

Several people have died and more are injured after an explosion reportedly rocked Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert Monday night.

Videos on Twitter showed concertgoers running from the stands and screaming as police warned people to avoid the area.

Emergency personnel were on the scene outside.

Greater Manchester Police warned people to stay away from the area just before 11 p.m. local time and armed police were pictured on nearby streets short afterwards.

Bomb disposal units drove into the venue just after midnight local time. British Transport Police said officers were responding to reports of an explosion in the foyer part of the venue.

One attendee reported on Twitter that the show had ended when the incident occurred.

That was confirmed by another witness, speaking to a local reporter for the Guardian, who said that they heard a loud bang at the end of the concert after the main lights had come on. Grande had just disappeared behind a curtain when the incident happened, according to another witness.

Another concertgoer, Josh Elliott, told the BBC that “a bang went off and everyone stopped and screamed … we basically hit the deck.”

“We got up when we thought it was safe and got out as quickly as possible,” he added. “People were just crying and in tears … police cars were everywhere. We just wanted to get out as quickly as possible because we didn’t know what was going on.”

Grande was playing the venue as part of her Dangerous Woman tour.

This story is developing.

h/t Mashable


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