Multiple people have died at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed “a number of fatalities and injuries” in a statement issued at 11.45am local time.
A video posted on Twitter showed hundreds of fans fleeing the concert, whilst witnesses at the venue say they “felt the blast in their chest”.
“We were making out way our and we were right by the door where there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters. “It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.”
Another concertgoer told the BBC that the explosion went off after the lights went on at the end of the concert. “All of a sudden huge sound… an explosion went off,” Karen Ford told BBC. “Everyone just stopped and turned round then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone started running.
“People were pushing each other aside in panic, she said, and there were “a lot of children without parents with no-one to calm them down.
“There was screaming and crying and pushing. We were being crushed as we exited.”
Police have since warned people to stay away from the arena, though it was not immediately clear what the loud bangs reported as potential explosions were. Witnesses on social media have said that the bangs may have been gunshots or even a bomb.