Emergency vehicles quickly responded to reports of explosions at the end of Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena on Monday, May 22. A rep for the singer’s record label tells HOLA! USA, "Ariana is okay. We are further investigating what happened.”
The scene as police advise people to stay away from the area Photo:Dave Thompson/Getty Images
While the story is still developing, local police tweeted at 11:30 pm, “Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available.” Concertgoers took to social media to share news of the “huge bang” and showed people running frantically away from the arena. As of Tuesday morning the death toll rose to 22 victims. Dozens of individuals were injured in the attack that has since been claimed by ISIS.
Hours after the explosion, Ariana Grande broke her silence tweeting, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.” The pop star’s manager Scooter Braun also released a statement on Monday evening writing, “Tonight, our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.”