UPDATE 3: The numbers of fatalities was updated a few minutes ago. Sadly, now there are 22 dead and 59 injured.
An emergency number is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area – 0161 856 9400
UPDATE 2: A picture showing Ariana Grande wounded just surfaced on the internet. It seems that Ariana has bruises and cuts on her face and arms.
UPDATE 1: The explosion was outside the Greater Manchester concert hall and it was produced by a suicide bomber.
Ariana Grande’s performance at U.K.’s Manchester Arena ended in mass chaos tonight. Immediately after the pop star’s last song, a loud explosion took place inside the venue sending concert attendees rushing for the exit.
Greater Manchester Police released the figure less than three hours after explosions were first reported on the scene.
Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY
— G M Police (@gmpolice) 23 mai 2017
Billboard has confirmed Grande is “okay” with the singer’s rep and that her team is further investigating what happened.
Speaking with Billboard, an eye witness recalled hearing a large bang outside the arena and then the PA speaker system announcing to evacuate and everyone screaming and running chaotically out of the arena. She said she saw people covered in blood as she left. Greater Manchester is the United Kingdom’s second-most populous urban area with a population of 2.55 million.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭 pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE
— ♡♡ (@hannawwh) 22 mai 2017
Two loud bangs heard around Manchester arena. People running out of the arena. No idea what’s going on pic.twitter.com/KaRzQckvEE
— Alan Brennan (@alanbmufc92) 22 mai 2017
Ambulances out in force heading to Manchester Arena after all lining up on Thompson street fire station. pic.twitter.com/vpAFFUG0MI
— Sam Ward (@SamWardMCR) 22 mai 2017
Armed police seem to be working to clear the area around the arena. Armed response officers are running to check the surrounding area. pic.twitter.com/FlVn751vCG
— Adam McClean (@AdamMcCleanITV) 22 mai 2017
This story is still developing. We will update as more details become available.