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Old 23.05.2017, 01:58
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Explosion at Manchester Arena

BBC news is reporting that a blast/ huge bang was heard at an Ariana Grande concert.
There are now reported fatalities. (Approx midnight UK time).
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Old 23.05.2017, 02:42
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Re: Explosion at Manchester Arena

First BBC reports are that there was a large explosion at 22:35 local time, outside the foyer entrance, near the ticket office to the Manchester Arena building, one man was blown into the building entrance by the blast.

The explosion was made just as the Ariana Grande concert ended. 50 injuries and 19 deaths are reported. (Public reports of 2 explosions, but this could be a resulting echo??) The building capaciy is 21'000 people.

Some people had already left the building but thousands of young people are being kept inside the building, for their own safety, until the area has been secured, many teenagers are screaming and panicking, fighting to get out of the building.

Bomb disposal team is on site. Trains have been halted at the nearby Victoria Station, police ask the public to keep away. Police consider it a possible terrorist act.
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Old 23.05.2017, 03:06
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Re: Explosion at Manchester Arena

2hrs on and it's still early days. Think all my friends in the area have checked in on fb thank god. Several heard the blasts from their homes. Weird thing...past the initial shock and rage, finding it immensely frustrating having news reporters getting stuff wrong about the locations of the social media footage they're using. Can only guess it must have been the same for people who were very familiar with Paris, etc... It takes seconds to bring up a map of the venue and station beneath it.
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Old 23.05.2017, 03:10
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Trains have been halted at the nearby Victoria Station, police ask the public to keep away. Police consider it a possible terrorist act.
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The last trains are held back after a gig until the venue and concourse are clear. I've heard that the trains have been moved down the lines to block off all routes into Victoria. Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inn have taken in kids who've been separated from their friends and parents.
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Re: Explosion at Manchester Arena

Latest information is that 19 are confirmed dead and another 50 injured.
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Re: Explosion at Manchester Arena

So far 19 confirmed dead

https://twitter.com/gmpolice/status/866808564316344321
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Re: Explosion at Manchester Arena

BBC news: Emergency number for enquiries is 0044 161 856 9400 The number of casualties is around 59 with 19 confirmed deaths.
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Re: Explosion at Manchester Arena

I just can't understand the mentality of someone who could do this. I hope that whatever heaven or paradise they think they were going to end up in proves to be their personal hell instead.

And though we may moan at times about social media, again it comes to the fore with people offering rooms or lifts home for those affected by the bombing and also people offering to search for lost relatives. BBC talked to a parent this morning who said she'd been contacted by people who'd taken a copy of her daughter's picture from her facebook/twitter and were going out to look for her after she appealed for any info on her missing child.

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