At least 19 people were killed and 50 were injured during an apparent explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England that was being treated as a terrorist incident, cops said.
The tragedy took place immediately after the singer’s performance Monday in the Manchester Arena, where local police said there were “a number of fatalities and others injured.”
A witness told BBC radio that “there were bodies everywhere.”
“I don’t know how I survived,” the witness said.
The Greater Manchester Police department said on Twitter that “this is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”
Law enforcement officials told NBC that a single explosion took place outside the arena by the train station.
The explosion was timed to go off at the ends of the concert as people exited the venue, the network said.
Concert-goers were shocked by the tragic events as they unfolded.
“Ariane Grande had just gone behind the curtain and the lights came up when there was this massive bang and a big cloud of smoke,” a concert-goer told The Guardian.
“I saw five people with blood all down them,” said one.
Police were warning people to stay away from the area as they responded to a “serious incident.”
Video from the concert show the panic as fans flee the crowded scene.
Other images show people injured although it wasn’t clear whether they were hurt from being caught in the stampede to get out of the stadium.
A woman who lives in an apartment across the street said she heard a loud boom.
“The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks,” Suzy Mitchell told The Guardian.
A spokesman for Ariana Grande’s record label said that the singer was “okay”.