At least 19 people were killed and close to 60 were injured after an explosion last night at the Manchester Arena in England, right after an ARIANA GRANDE show.
It happened OUTSIDE the arena at around 10:30 P.M. local time, as people were filing out of the building. Police are investigating it as an ACT OF TERRORISM, and it appears to have been the work of a suicide bomber. No one has claimed responsibility yet.
British Prime Minister THERESA MAY called it, quote, “an appalling terrorist attack.” As of last night, there was no word from PRESIDENT TRUMP. But the Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the situation, and they say they have no information about a similar threat to a music venue in the U.S.
(There’s an eerie dashcam video shot from the other side of the arena, where you can hear the explosion, and see the light from the blast. You hear the guy who’s in the car say “No!”, because he was waiting for his GIRLFRIEND to get out of the concert. And here’s video from inside the arena, where you can hear the explosion.)
(You can read some witness accounts here.)
An 18-year-old man who was at the show told CNN, quote, “Ariana was off the stage, she’d finished her set. I looked around because I heard this big bang, people screaming and crying and flooded towards the stage.”
Another witness said, quote, “It was a really big explosion. Everybody started screaming and running. There were people on the floor . . . There was a lot of confusion.”
There’s no word on the identities of the victims yet, but obviously, there were a lot of young kids at the show.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Ariana wasn’t injured, but she Tweeted, quote, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” And TMZ says she has suspended the rest of her tour for now. Her next show was supposed to be in London on Thursday.
On the plus side, there have been reports of locals opening their homes to people who need everything from a place to stay to just a cup of tea. They’ve also been helping reunite parents with their kids, and there may very well be plenty of people still looking for their children.
And taxis have been offering free rides to those in need.