At least 19 people were killed and about 50 injured Monday in an explosion following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, England, in what police said was ?being treated as a terrorist incident.?
Greater Manchester Police responded to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena around 10:35 p.m. local time. As emergency personnel descended on the scene, police asked people to stay away from the area.
?This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise,? police said in a statement.
Fans were gathered at the venue for Ariana Grande?s ?Dangerous Woman? tour. The singer?s publicist told The New York Times that Grande was ?O.K.? and her team was ?investigating what happened.?
Several media outlets have reported witnesses saw 20 to 30 people lying on the ground, and one witness told CNN many of them appeared to be in grave condition. ?You could see straight off were just dead. You could just see that they were passed away,? Kiera Dawber told CNN.
Video recorded at the scene showed people scrambling down aisles to evacuate the venue as screams echoed throughout the arena. Concertgoers reported panic and disarray, with some saying that had seen people with injuries and some covered in blood.
?There were just a loud bang and a flash and everyone tried to scramble out,? Jade Baynes, 18, told The Guardian. ?An alarm came on telling everyone to stay calm but leave as quickly as possible.?
Others said the scene as ?chaotic? and described what they believed to be a ?huge explosion.?
?You could feel it in your chest,? Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters. ?It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.?
Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and has a capacity for 21,000 people, according to its website. It is a popular concert and sporting venue.
A video posted on Twitter showed fans screaming and running out of the venue.
Britain is on its second-highest alert level of ?severe? meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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