UPDATED: Tragedy at Ariana Grande Concert, 22 Dead + 59 Hospitalized

 

An explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England killed at least 22 people and injured nearly 60.  Police suspect a suicide bomber set off the blast, which is being treated as a terrorist attack. 

A statement from Manchester Arena said the explosion took place outside the arena just after the concert, as people were exiting. Ariana had just left the stage when everyone heard what appeared to be an explosion.

According to one concertgoer, ”A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena. It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit."

Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out. Authorities say most of those being taken to the hospital had shrapnel injuries. Manchester Arena is the biggest indoor arena in all of Europe, and can hold 21,000. 

Ariana Grande is OK although she was "in hysterics". However, she will not perform Thursday in London, and has decided for now to put the entire European tour on hold. 

She later tweeted: "broken.  from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry.  i don't have words."

A man identified as Andy described to BBC News being thrown 30 feet back by the explosion.

Andy explained, “I was waiting up at the first set of white doors. As I was waiting an explosion went off and it threw me through the first set of doors, about 30-foot” though the “next set of doors.”

When Andy got up he saw “about 30 people, scattered everywhere. Some of them looked dead — might have been unconscious, but there was a lot of fatalities.”  Andy told BBC News there was “carnage everywhere.” He said “there was a good 20 to 30 [victims]. Some were young kids, some were disabled people.”

The people of Manchester, England have opened up their homes to people stranded in the city. Offers of help flooded in under the #RoomForManchester hashtag after the blast, with people offering rooms for the night and rides home to people caught up in the attack. Hotels offered free rooms and some local cab drivers turned off their meters. 

Sources:  Daily Mail, Twitter, CNN, E!

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