Panicked people attending an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the UK sprinted for the exits after an apparent explosion.
In their latest tweet, area police say there are a number of confirmed fatalities and injured people.
Authorities confirm preliminarily that at least 19 are dead and at least 50 injured. They say this is being treated as a “terrorist incident” until they learn otherwise.
The explosion occurred outside of the arena in a public space, police say.
Authorities found a “suspicious item” and announced there would be a controlled explosion.
After the detonation, it was learned that the “suspicious item” was abandoned clothing.
Police have advised the public to stay away from the area.
Some have reported hearing a loud bang and seeing frightened people running away from the scene.
One person told The Guardian there was “quite a loud explosion heard from inside the Manchester arena and it shook, then everyone screamed and tried to get out.”
Police have called the incident “serious.”
We can confirm that Ariana Grande was on her tour bus at the time of the incident.
This is a developing story.