Going to a concert should be a fun time for anyone. For one night you are able to cut loose and listen to the music you love with others. Which is what concert goers in Manchester, England thought on Monday night. Sadly, though what should have been a fun night instantly turned into tragedy, but who is being pegged for it is no surprise.
There are at least 19 people have been confirmed dead and around 50 people injured in a bombing that British authorities are treating as a terror attack. The attack occurred towards the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night.
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
The British police said that the explosion happened around the foyer of the Manchester Arena at 10:30 p.m., around the time the concert finished. However, there are many reports from eyewitnesses that said they heard two blasts, but that has not been confirmed as of yet.
Here is more Fox News:
Witnesses described panic as concertgoers rushed to get out of the arena. Video from inside the arena showed people screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons. Some on social media initially suggested that some of the balloons had burst, making a loud noise like a bomb.
Concertgoer Sasina Akhtar told the Manchester Evening News that Grande had just finished her last song when “there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena. We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke.”
David Richardson, who attended the show with his 13-year-old daughter, told the MEN that he heard two explosions just after the show.
“It was about 40 feet behind us near one of the exits. We just thought it was people messing about then it happened again. Another explosion sounded. Then we saw the smoke. Everyone just fled.”
Majid Khan, 22, said she heard a “huge bomb-like bang that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.”
“Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.”
Another witness, Oliver Jones, 17, told Sky News he was in the bathroom when he heard “a loud bang.”
“The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run,” Jones said. “I (saw) people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way. Security was running out as well as the fans and concert goers.”
Manchester Victoria station, which is under the arena, was also evacuated and all trains were canceled, though there were no initial reports of injuries there.
Stranded concertgoers reportedly were waiting for rides home in nearby bars and hotels. Sky News reported that some city taxi drivers were offering free rides to help clear traffic out of the city center.
The Dangerous Woman Tour is the third concert tour by Grande to support her third studio album, Dangerous Woman. From Manchester the tour was to move through Europe, including Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France, through the summer with stops in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and on to Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and more.
Watch the terrifying footage here.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭 pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE
— ♡♡ (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017
— Rhianna burke (@RhiannaBurke) May 22, 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) May 22, 2017
Sadly, this is what I thought would happen in Europe considering their open border policy. At this time, it is not confirmed that this is definitely a terror attack, but if I were a betting woman I am sure it was. These terrorists will not stop with these attacks until other countries around the world begin to fight back.
That is exactly why we need to close our borders and initiate a tougher vetting process. However, as we know liberals will continue to fight that no matter how many Americans are hurt in the process. I can only hope that this will open the eyes of the people in Europe and they will demand tougher borders.
I pray for all those who lost a loved one in this blast and that they are able to find peace and comfort in this horrific tragedy. I also hope that the police are able to find these scum bags that caused this and prosecute them fully.
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