More details are coming out about the heinous attack last night at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester.
Law enforcement authorities in Manchester have confirmed that 22 people died in the attack — which is believed to be an act of terrorism — and more than 50 people were left injured. And now, eyewitnesses are sharing horrific details from the scene of the crime.
“It was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” 20-year-old Esme Findlay, who attended the concert, tells People. “It was really loud; it sounded like a huge bang.”
She says the explosion occurred shortly after the concert ended — and the atmosphere in the venue immediately changed after the explosion went off. She continues, “There were people screaming the names of other people. They were trying to find the people who they had been with and couldn’t find. Everyone was looking for someone.”
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Lori Templeton, 15, says that initially, many people thought that the loud noise was a piece of Ariana’s set breaking — but the venue completely turned to chaos when people realized what was really happening.
“For the first time in my life, I thought I was going to die,” she says. “An alarm was going off and there was an announcement coming through saying, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, due to an incident inside the arena, can everyone please evacuate the area.’ Police were telling people to run. When I got outside, people were crying and screaming. We headed back to our hotel. Ambulances were there already.”
Nick Haywood, 46, was waiting for his daughter Caitlyn and her friend, both 16, to exit the concert when the explosion happened.
“You could feel it, you could feel the noise. It was incredibly loud. My first thought was to find my daughter,” he explains to the BBC.
He continues, “People were already starting to filter out. You could tell something was wrong, no one was laughing or chatting. Some people were running, a bit of mild panic. I was trying to get hold of them on the phone but the network was down so I made my way into the arena. Seeing her on the stairs was a huge relief. It was like she was almost born again. It was the best moment of my life all over again.”
Ariana, 23, was, fortunately, uninjured in the attack. She sent her condolences on Twitter hours after the attack.
“Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so, so sorry,” she tweeted. “I don’t have words.”