At Least 22 Dead, Dozens Injured at Manchester Arena (UPDATED)


Multiple people died and more were injured at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom on Monday, and police are saying they have responded to reports of an explosion.

A number of social media posts first reported the explosion, including a video showing a crowd of fans evacuating the stadium:

Manchester Police issued a statement confirming the incident, as well as “a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured.”

The statement said emergency services were responding to reports of an explosion at the arena, and asked people to avoid the area:

Watch Fox News’ report above.

UPDATE –– 7:20 pm ET: NBC News is reporting now that at least 20 people are dead and hundreds more are injured:

UPDATE –– 7:32 pm ET: A bomb disposal unit is now on the scene:

UPDATE –– 8:07 pm ET: There is a preliminary report from the BBC that this is being treated as a possible act of terrorism:

UPDATE –– 8:14 pm ET: The latest police statement says at least 19 people are dead and more are injured:

UPDATE –– 8:25 pm ET: The Manchester Arena has tweeted out a brief statement:

UPDATE –– 8:39 pm ET: The police said on Twitter minutes ago they would be setting off a controlled explosion:

UPDATE –– 8:45 pm ET: An update to the above:

UPDATE –– 9:16 pm ET: The video below appears to show dash cam footage that picks up audio from the explosion:

UPDATE –– 9:26 pm ET: Prime Minister Theresa May has released a statement condemning what is now being treated as an “appalling terrorist attack”:

UPDATE –– 10:07 pm ET: The police are now sharing this emergency number for people worried about anyone who might have been in the area:

And there was a police presser just minutes ago:

UPDATE — 10:24 pm ET: The Department of Homeland Security has addressed the attack in a new statement:

UPDATE — 10:58 pm ET: Ariana Grande has tweeted her sadness in response the attack:

UPDATE — 7:32 am ET: Manchester Police said they have a 23-year-old man in custody:

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under:

Aidan McLaughlin is the Editor of Mediaite. Send tips via email: Ask for Signal. Follow him on Twitter: @aidnmclaughlin