On Monday evening British police responded to an explosion that took place outside of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England, at the Manchester Arena. While Grande herself has been reported safe, a preliminary death toll has been announced, and authorities are still responding to and investigating the scene.
An explosion took place at 10:30 p.m. just right after Grande's performance ended. Even though the explosion did not happen inside the Manchester Arena, it reportedly took place just outside in a public space near the foyer of the arena, according to The Guardian. The Guardian is also reporting that the explosion has been suspected as a terrorist attack.
Police also confirmed that at least 19 people have been killed with another 50 people injured. The incident is currently being treated as a terrorist incident as the police continue their investigation.
Facebook has activated its "safe check" feature for people who were at the concert or near the scene can let loved ones know they are safe. However, there are still people searching for friends and family who have not been located after the explosion.
A statement from the Greater Manchester Police read:
Several celebrities have already taken to Twitter to express their concern for Grande as well as the victims of the explosion.
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
what happened in Manchester tonight is absolutely horrible. sending my love and prayers to those affected. 💔— Kendall (@KendallJenner) May 23, 2017
every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari— Lorde (@lorde) May 23, 2017
Sending prayers to the people of Manchester. I'm heartbroken for the lives lost and all the families suffering right now— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) May 23, 2017
Absolutely gut wrenching. God bless the people of Manchester offering rooms and rides tonight. #roomformanchester— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
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Sending prayers to the people of Manchester. So incredibly heartbroken for all the families who lost loved ones.❤️— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) May 23, 2017
Sending love to the U.K., @ArianaGrande and all of her supporters who were caught up in this awful attack. Heartbreaking.— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 23, 2017
Billy Ray Cyrus
Thoughts and prayers for all who were at the @ArianaGrande concert tonight.— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) May 23, 2017
Terrible sad news at @ArianaGrande concert. People spend months looking forward to watching their idol, and then this. Sending love to all.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) May 23, 2017
My heart is with you Manchester.— Brie Larson (@brielarson) May 23, 2017
There are no words. This world. https://t.co/BJsmzoToWy— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 22, 2017
Sending all our love to Manchester today. The news has left us speechless and heartbroken❤️❤️❤️— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) May 23, 2017
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Just saw the news about Manchester... Our hearts are breaking 💔 Prayers for all who attended, their families, Ari and her whole crew.— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) May 23, 2017
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017
Sending love to those affected in Manchester.— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) May 22, 2017
Stunned by the news coming in from the UK… my thoughts are with the fans and families at Ariana’s Manchester show. Awful— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 22, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to people at @ArianaGrande concert in Manchester. Devastated 🙏— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) May 23, 2017
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017
Billboard has reported that Grande's rep says she is OK while her team is also actively investigating what happened at the end of her show.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the innocent victims that had to witness this act of terror.