An explosion on Monday night at a concert in the northern English city of Manchester occurred when U.S. singer Ariana Grande was performing on stage. The blast left an unknown amount of people dead and injured, U.K. authorities confirmed.
“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” concert-goer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters. “It was a huge explosion — you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”
Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. It has not been officially confirmed if the explosion was terrorism related.
The largest indoor stadium in Europe, Manchester Arena opened in 1995 and has a capacity for 21,000 people, according to its website. It is commonly used for concerts and sporting venues. Videos posted on Twitter showed fans screaming and ushering out of the venue.
A spokesman for Grande confirmed that the singer was “okay”.
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