Dead, 50 Injured in Blast at Ariana Grande's U.K. Concert

Frederick Owens
May 23, 2017

Armed police officers stand next to a police cordon outside the Manchester Arena, where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing, in Manchester, northern England, Britain, May 23, 2017.REUTERS/Andrew YatesPolice in Manchester, England, said at least 19 people were confirmed dead following reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert.

Bomb disposal units were seen at Manchester Arena after an explosion during an Ariana Grande concert.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) said: "London stands with Manchester - our thoughts are with all those killed and injured tonight and our fearless emergency services".

The circumstances and cause of the explosion haven't yet been determined, and so it's impossible to say whether it was the result of a terrorist attack, a technical malfunction, or any number of other possible causes.

The Dangerous Woman Tour is the third concert tour by Grande and supports her third studio album, "Dangerous Woman".

Grande, who was due to give a concert in London later on Tuesday, said she was "broken" in a tweet.

Singer Ariana Grande, who had just finished performing in Manchester, northern England, when the blast took place, tweeted that she was "broken" by the attack.

Bruno Mars said, "No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester".

US officials said initial reports from the scene indicated that a number of the casualties might have been caused by a stampede of concert-goers.

"I can't imagine what goes in to the heads of these people that want to hurt children and families who have come together for such a happy occasion".

The Latest on an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that authorities say killed several people.

"We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act", the sombre black and white picture statement read.

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City officials said the true spirit of Manchester would shine through despite the horrendous incident.

Twitter and Facebook were filled with appeals for information about people who had not been accounted for.

Gary Walker, who had been waiting for his daughters and got hit by shrapnel to his leg, said he was "metres away from an explosion".

"It was absolutely terrifying", she said.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe", meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. With over one million visitors per year, the venue claims to be "one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe", according to its website.

"The people of the United Kingdom and the United States have suffered together through war and triumphed together over adversity to build a peace that is now under threat once more", he said.

Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs inside the arena coming from the area of the bars.

Oliver Jones, 17, was at the concert with his 19-year-old sister.

"Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena". British Police suspects the blast to be a terrorist incident, reports news agency Reuters. She will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday morning. She and other candidates suspended campaigning for Britain's June 8 election after the blast.

British Transport Police said officers were at the arena, which sits atop the Manchester Victoria transit station.

Grande herself is "okay," one of her representatives told Variety.

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