There are reports of an explosion and confirmed fatalities at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Police were initially treating it as an accident but are now leaning towards saying it is terrorism.
The incident happened at the end of the concert and many people thought it involved balloons popping. Pink balloons drop at the end of Grande’s performance.
@lifelesssimple Ariana Grande had just gotten off stage. Pink balloons drop at the end of her show.
— rw (@ralphiewilliamz) May 22, 2017
— Chris Harrod (@TaffMaster) May 22, 2017
However, the Greater Manchester police have issued the following statement confirming injuries and fatalities.
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
Officials are now saying 19 are dead and 50 are injured.
Explosions, Panic and Death at Ariana Grande Concert in England: 19 dead, 50 wounded https://t.co/sItrl7qip4
— Patrick LaForge (@palafo) May 23, 2017
This is believed to be a video immediately after the explosion with the crowd scrambling and running for the exits.
— Gary Moore (@ETFsNI) May 22, 2017
Grande has been confirmed by her management to be safe after the incident:
BREAKING NEWS: Ariana Grande is 'safe' after several fans killed in explosions at Manchester concert. Full story: https://t.co/RKdhpKHQJ5
— OK! Magazine (@OK_Magazine) May 22, 2017
Authorities are now treating the incident as terrorism.
MANCHESTER EXPLOSION BEING TREATED BY AUTHORITIES AS A TERROR INCIDENT: BBC
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) May 22, 2017
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) May 23, 2017
They believe the explosion was a nail bomb.
NHS sources are saying the explosion at Manchester Arena was a nail bomb attack. Still unconfirmed.
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) May 22, 2017
Here is a livefeed from UK-based Sky News
We will keep you updated as this story develops.