Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena in northwest England was rocked by explosions Monday, May 22. The explosives killed 19 people and injured 50 others.
The show had reportedly just ended when an explosion went off in the hall area, leading to a stampede as fans attempted to leave the venue.
A rumbling sound resembling an explosion can be heard in the video taken and posted on Twitter by Joe Gregory.
Police responded to reports of an explosion shortly after 10:30 pm at the arena, which has the space to hold 21,000 people, where Ariana Grande had been performing to an audience that included many kids.
“The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of an unexpected this huge sound which sounded like an explosion went off,” concert-goer Karen Ford told BBC. “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody yelled ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of kids without their parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just yelling crying and pushing.”
After Manchester Grande’s tour is programmed to move to Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, and France through the summer. And also with stops in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and on to Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and more.
Though known principally for being a pop star these days, Ariana Grande has a great history with television. She first found fame on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, which spun off into the Grande-starring vehicle Sam & Cat. More newly, Ariana Grande made a memorable appearance in Scream Queens and played Penny Pingleton in NBC’s Hairspray Live!.
However, Ariana’s agents confirmed that she was safe in the explosion.