A large number of young children, as young as 6 were at the concert.
A man has reportedly been detained in a vehicle but it is not clear what, if any, involvement that potential suspect may have had in the incident. Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars.
“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association.
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.”
Video from inside the arena showed concertgoers screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.
There were an estimated 20,000 people inside the arena on Monday night. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, responded to reports of the incident on Twitter.
“Terrible incident in Manchester,” he said. “My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services.”
UPDATE: The suicide bomber who caused the explosion was said to have been denied entry into the arena so he waited by the exit outside the concert.
It is reported that he detonated the bomb as concert goers started leaving the event.
The man detained has reportedly been released.