At Least 20 People Killed in Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert in UK

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Police and other emergency services are seen near the Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion. Police have confirmed they are responding to an incident during an Ariana Grande concert at the venue.
Reported Explosion at Manchester Arena, UK – 22 May 2017

At least one explosion at a concert given by singer Ariana Grande sent terrified fans running for the exits Monday in Manchester in the United Kingdom, according to Variety and various other media organizations.

The Greater Manchester Police Department reported via Twitter “a number of confirmed fatalities” at the Manchester Arena and “others injured.” At least 20 people were dead, NBC News was reporting.

The incident took place at about 10:40 p.m. as the concert in northern England was wrapping up, eyewitnesses told local television. Manchester Arena holds 21,000 people, according to its website.

Grande herself appears to be uninjured. It’s unclear if concert-goers or staff at the event were injured.

Greater Manchester Police said earlier via Twitter that they were responding to the scene of a “serious incident” at the venue and asked members of the public to avoid the area.

Twitter was abuzz with video of panicked fans running out of the Manchester Arena and reports of injured concert goers, but none of that was confirmed.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Melanie Eversley