19 dead, 50 others injured following explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK - UPDATED - News - Alternative Press




19 dead, 50 others injured following explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK - UPDATED

May 22 2017, 7:30 PM EDT By AltPress

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UPDATE: Monday, May 22 at 8:54 p.m. EST

Following their controlled explosion, Greater Manchester police confirms it was "abandoned clothing":

And, according to Reuters, a suicide bomber is suspected in the explosion:

UPDATE: Monday, May 22 at 8:45 p.m. EST

NBC News now reports that the Manchester Arena explosion took place in a public area outside of the venue itself. Pop star Ariana Grande was performing at the 21,000 capacity, indoor Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Greater Manchester police tweeted about their carrying out a controlled explosion, seemingly of an undetonated device found as the scene.

More footage has been released from the scene. Watch the below video from ABC News.

UPDATE: Monday, May 22 at 8:15 p.m. EST

The latest statement from local police on the reported Manchester Arena explosion indicates 19 people are confirmed dead and around 50 injured.

A rep for Ariana Grande confirmed the pop singer is safe, saying, "Ariana is OK. We are further investigating what happened." (via Entertainment Tonight)

BBC correspondent Daniel Sandford tweeted that the explosion is being treated as a "possible terrorist incident."

NBC News is also pointing to terrorist activity, reporting about a possible "backpack bomb" being used in the explosion.

Accounts from the area describe a harrowing scene after the explosion, with CNN quoting one witness as saying there was "blood everywhere."

Facebook has activated its "Safety Check" feature for those in the area of Manchester Arena during the explosion. Go here to access it. (via WPVI-TV)

ORIGINAL POST: Monday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. EST

According to BBC, police are responding to reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.

The Greater Manchester Police have released a statement that there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” and others have been injured. Police have advised to avoid the area.

According to NBC News, law enforcement officials say at least 20 people died with hundreds injured. It’s also reported there were possibly two explosions.

Witnesses have reported hearing a “huge bang” following the concert.

The following video appears to show the moments following the explosion:

This story is developing. Check back for updates.