Images show how the deadly Manchester blast unfolded
Police in Manchester, England, said at least 19 people were confirmed dead following reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert. Police said dozens more people were reported injured.
Police said the situation was being treated as "a terror incident until police know otherwise."People were warned to avoid the arena area, while Manchester's Victoria transit station was shut down during the police investigation. Many Manchester taxis offered free rides to people stranded in the area.
AdvertisementHere's how the chaotic and deadly night unfolded in Manchester:
Manchester police held a press conference just after 3 a.m. local time to inform reporters they were working with local and national counterterrorism and intelligence forces on the case.
Police escort more people from the Manchester Arena.Advertisement
As the night stretched on, police began escorting fans (including many young teenage girls) and their parents to safety.
Police cordoned off an area near the box office of Manchester Arena. The explosion reportedly took place in the foyer or lobby of the venue.Advertisement
Police announced just past 1 a.m. local time, May 23, that 19 people had been killed following reports of an explosion. First responders tended to the dozens of injured people while ambulances took victims to six hospitals across Greater Manchester.
Bomb disposal units rushed to the scene just past midnight local time.Advertisement
Police said first responders were "working tirelessly" and there were "confirmed fatalities" at the scene at 11:44 p.m. local time.
The first photos of injuries began emerging from a Twitter users around midnight local time.Advertisement
One woman took 50 young girls who couldn't find their parents to the nearby Manchester Holiday Inn to wait safely until parents or guardians could pick them up.
The situation was updated to a "serious incident" at 11:29 p.m. local time. People were encouraged to avoid the area as ambulances and emergency services rushed to the scene.Advertisement
There was chaos in the arena while people scrambled to escape, many holding pink balloons that had been released during the show.
At 10:54 p.m. local time, Greater Manchester Police announced via Twitter officers were responding to "reports of an incident at Manchester Arena," where singer Ariana Grande was finishing her concert.Advertisement
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