At least 19 people were killed and about 50 were injured in an explosion that occurred Monday night during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, the British police said, considering the blast as a possible terrorist act. The number of victims has not been specified, but the singer is doing well.
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The detonation occurred between 10:40 pm and 10:45 pm local time.
It is unclear where exactly or why, but witnesses said they heard two loud bangs near the arena drinks kiosks.
The amphitheater, which can accommodate up to 23,000 people, was evacuated.
A video recorded inside the arena shows spectators shouting and making their way into a sea of pink balloons.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭 pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE
— ♡♡ (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017
A large perimeter of safety was evidently erected. Several ambulances were dispatched to the scene.
The police asked people to avoid the area.
Rail traffic to Manchester Victoria station, close to the concert hall, has been halted, said Northern Railway operator.
Joseph Carozza, a representative of the Ariana Grande label in the United States, said the singer is doing well and officials are trying to find out what happened.
The tour Dangerous Woman is the third conducted by Ariana Grande, transposing on stage his third studio album of the same name. The tour began on February 3 in Phoenix, Arizona.
After Manchester, the tour has to go all over Europe, including Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France, with stops also this summer in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, in Mexico. The American singer also has to perform in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, New Zealand and Australia.
Ariana Grande performed at the Bell Center in Montreal in early March.