19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

Police work at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. A representative said the singer was not injured. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Nineteen people are dead and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.

In a statement, Greater Manchester police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

A second suspected device was found near where the first reported explosion occurred, police told the BBC. The alleged device will be detonated in a controlled explosion shortly, police said.

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PHOTO: A map shows the location of Manchester Arena near Victoria Station in Manchester, England.

Further details were not immediately available.

Police responded to reports of an incident at Manchester Arena. Please stay away from the area. More details to follow….

Emergency services are on the scene of the incident. Video shows panicked people fleeing the arena.

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Reps for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as a “blast” from near the box office. When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him, maybe 20 or more. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, “The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound which sounded like an explosion went off.”

She added: “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming crying and pushing.”

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

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