Horrific new details about the explosion are emerging via social media. One video shows a group of people trying to help a woman whose legs had been nail bombed.
The BBC interviewed a dad who was waiting to collect his wife and daughter from the concert. He claims he was thrown “30 feet” by the explosion, and had to “look at some of the bodies, trying to find my family.” Luckily, both were unharmed.
Another eyewitness spoke to The Daily Mail UK on the terrifying moment she heard the blast, saying:
“As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me. People’s skin and faeces were everywhere including in my hair and on my bag. I’m still finding bits of God knows what in my hair. You never ever expect these things to happen to you but this proves it can happen to anybody. That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved.”
Video has also emerged on social media at the time of the explosion with an announcer telling concertgoers to ‘take their time’ as they exit the arena.
UPDATE 9:45AM: Greater Manchester Police are continuing to work on the scene of the incident and reiterated that everyone should avoid the area.
Meanwhile, fellow artists including Cher, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry have tweeted their prayers and thoughts for victims of the Manchester Arena incident during Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman show following the news that several concertgoers were confirmed killed and several injured after ‘explosions’ rocked the arena.
Reps for the singer have told Billboard that Ariana and her team ‘are okay’.
UPDATE 9:10AM: Greater Manchester Police have released a statement on the ‘major incident’ at Manchester Arena, confirming a number of fatalities and injuries after ‘loud bangs’ were heard during an Ariana Grande concert.
Fans have been evacuated following the scare, with some describing the noise as a ‘guns shot’, while others believe it could have possibly been a speaker exploding.
One attendee told The Independent:
“[Me] and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10,45pm-ish, 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 Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could,” they said, adding, “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.”
Greater Manchester Police have tweeted to people to “stay away from the area”, while concertgoers on Twitter have spoken out on the terrifying ordeal.
More details to come.