A fun time with their idol was cut short last night when a suspected suicide bomb blast occurred at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The pop singer had walked off the stage at around 10.30pm when an explosive sound was heard within the arena that seats over 21,000 attendees. After a short confusion by fellow concertgoers about the sound, smoke could be seen emerging from one part of the stadium. What happened after that was utter chaos as people began running out. Frantic parents were outside the arena, trying to find out if their child was safe. Most of the attendees that night were children and teenagers. Nearly 22 people have lost their lives due to the suicide attack, with over 50 sustaining minor to serious injuries. It is not yet known if one of the victims was in fact, the perpetrator. However, the name of the first identified victim has been released – 16-year-old Georgina Callander.
Reports say that Ariana Grande was inconsolable and in “hysterics” after hearing what had happened, and has cancelled her remaining scheduled appearances across Europe as part of her Dangerous Woman Tour. Condolences have poured in from around the world, especially since those affected are young, innocent victims. The venue itself has hosted a number of international acts, including upcoming concerts for Take That, KISS, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga.
This is the second most deadly attack in England after the 2005 subway terrorist strike that killed dozens in London. A number of nightclubs and venues have been the target of terrorist attacks across Europe in recent history with civilians being the target of senseless terrorists.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.
Sending love to everyone involved. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Manchester.
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) May 23, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017
Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 23, 2017
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND
— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017