Police: "Confirmed fatalities" after reports of explosion at Manchester Arena – CBS News

Police say there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” after reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena.

Police and emergency services are responding to what authorities say is a “serious incident” at the arena, where popular singer Ariana Grande performed on Monday.

Billboard reports that Grande’s representative said the singer is “okay” and her team is investigating what happened at the arena.

“Details of a casualty bureau will follow as soon as available,” officials said on Twitter.

“Due to an incident involving the emergency services [Manchester Victoria] has been evacuated,” Northern train service officials said. “We will provide further updates when possible.

One Twitter user said she heard “explosions” from inside the area, where Grande performed moments earlier. There were no immediate details of what happened during the concert.

Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

One concert goer told BBC 5 she was one of first people to exit the stadium. She said she heard an explosion toward the end of the performance. There were an estimated 20,000 people inside the arena on Monday night.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.


Police stand by a cordoned off street close to the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 in Manchester, England.


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