The details are pretty blurry and it seems like there’s all kinds of misinformation being thrown around on Twitter, but so far we know for sure that some kind of awful incident happened at Ariana Grande’s show at Manchester Arena in England tonight and multiple people have died.
Update: The BBC reports that witnesses say there was at least one big explosion that came from the back of the arena behind where everyone was sitting. It’s currently being treated as a possible terrorist attack. And in more even horrific news, Greater Manchester Police confirm that 19 have died so far and there’s around 50 injuries.
TMZ says that witnesses say they heard some kind of loud boom at the end of her show. Some described the “boom” as being explosions, others say it sounded like a speaker popping and some say they thought it was a balloon popping. Whatever it was, it caused people to freak out and stampede out of there. There’s videos on Twitter and YouTube of people running out of the arena. Greater Manchester Police tweeted out a note saying that anybody who doesn’t need to be in the area (aka nosy tricks) need to stay away .
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
Ariana had already left the stage and her rep said that she’s “okay.”