Police in Manchester, England, said at least 19 people were confirmed dead following reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert. Police said dozens more people were reported injured.
Police said the situation was being treated as “a terror incident until police know otherwise.”
People were warned to avoid the arena area, while Manchester’s Victoria transit station was shut down during the police investigation. Many Manchester taxis offered free rides to people stranded in the area.
Here’s how the chaotic and deadly night unfolded in Manchester:
At 10:54 p.m. local time, Greater Manchester Police announced via Twitter officers were responding to “reports of an incident at Manchester Arena,” where singer Ariana Grande was finishing her concert.
Police responded to reports of an incident at Manchester Arena. Please stay away from the area. More details to follow….
There was chaos in the arena while people scrambled to escape, many holding pink balloons that had been released during the show.
The situation was updated to a “serious incident” at 11:29 p.m. local time. People were encouraged to avoid the area as ambulances and emergency services rushed to the scene.
Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available