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Several people have been killed after two suspected explosions at the Manchester Arena this evening.
Emergency services were called following 'two loud bangs' at the 21,000 capacity arena during an Ariana Grande concert.
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
- G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
Jenna-Lea May Alston told LADbible: "I was sat in block 206 and after the concert had finished my boyfriend, Adam, wanted to leave. I told him to stay and wait until people had gone.
"The lights came on and we heard a massive bang. I've never heard anything like it in my life. It was louder than fireworks. There was screaming, you didn't know what to do.
"We tried to go out, and when we did, two girls opened the doors and instantly ran back screaming that there was a bomb. We all thought the absolute worst.
"Eventually when they told us to evacuate we went down the same set of stairs and all I could see were bodies, smoke and blood. I could see man with blood down his back, and young girls.
"It was by where the old McDonald's used to be. There were bodies lying on the floor, I saw it with my own eyes."
Credit: London News Pictures
Credit: London News Pictures
'Two loud bangs' were heard at the concert, with footage from outside the arena, seemingly showing the incident.
@Breaking911 @ArianaGrande RT ".@Breaking911 Large amount of ambulances heading to Manchester Arena Following Reports of Two Explosions pic.twitter.com/ATdWx0GlOx
- NJL :rotating_light: (@ANTI_ALP) May 22, 2017
If you look towards the left you see the explosion and hear the bang. I hope to GOD everyone is ok, and so glad Jess and Em are. #manchester pic.twitter.com/q81KHGEJ6E
- Joe Gregory (@JoeAaronGregory) May 22, 2017
The incident took place shortly after 22:30 at the Manchester Arena where the American singer Grande was performing.
Greater Manchester Police tweeted that they had been called to a 'serious incident' at the 21,000 capacity arena.
Hannah Young told LADbible: "I was in the upper tier and we heard a big bang, and many got scared. Initially, as there were so many balloons in the arena anyway, we assumed it might be something to do with that.
"We got ushered into a tiny, tiny room and everyone was screaming to let us out. After 10 minutes the stewards and police got us out shouting us to move as quick as we could.
"Everyone on the street was screaming, crying, and kids were panicking. Ambulance sirens were going."
Sirens can be heard across the city centre, as people are evacuated from the building.
Twitter users were unsure as to what the loud bangs were, but many have told social media that they think it was either a 'gunshot' or a 'bomb'.
Riona wrote: "Just got out of Manchester arena after seeing Ariana perform. There was a loud bang when the lights came on & everyone ran out screaming."
Another added: "There are people that are bleeding, crying, legit injured at Manchester show at the moment. What is happening? I was there. I heard a blast."
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