Greater Manchester Police confirmed emergency services responded to the Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion during the Ariana Grande concert. Many people have reported on social media that the explosion(s) occurred while Ariana Grande was finishing her performance. They also described hearing a “loud bang” and feeling the arena shake.
SOFREP writer, Coriolanus spoke with a Manchester resident and risk architect who believes the explosion(s) may not be terror related but actually equipment that fell from a gantry. He stated that when it fell there was a big flash as it disconnected and it landed on several people. Police have not confirmed this yet and are still actively clearing the building as if the incident was terror related. The bomb squad is currently on scene. The number of casualties are unknown at this time. These are initial reports. More to follow.
The video below may have captured the sound and a flash of the reported explosion(s).