Chaos erupted inside Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, when a still-unspecified ‘explosion’ at an Ariana Grande concert set-off a stampede. Videos of panicking fans running out of the indoor stadium are all over twitter.
Conflicting reports are coming in, and it’s difficult to confirm any of them right now. One source has said that police expect ‘multiple fatalities.’ No credible estimation of fatalities has yet emerged – although one report said the death toll could be as high as 30.
Further, the cause of these fatalities is still unclear. We can not report yet whether they died of injuries due to an explosion, or to injuries sustained during the stampede that followed.
Police and emergency services are on the scene, and overhead cameras show dozens of ambulances and other emergency vehicles lined-up outside the arena.
UPDATE (4:48 PST):
Occupy Democrats can now report at least 20 fatalities have been confirmed. We can further report that the explosions occurred outside of the arena, near the box office, which makes this almost certainly an act of terrorism.
More to come
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