Monday, May 22, terror struck the city of Manchester, England as pop singer Ariana Grande wrapper up her concert for her “Dangerous Woman” tour at the Manchester Arena. Grande’s show was coming to an end for the night when a sudden suicide bomb explosion hit the venue at approximately 10:30pm sparking mass panic in and around the arena. There were 22 fatalities as a result of this incident, and countless more were left wounded and in critical condition.
The suicide bombing was said to be set-off by 22-year-old Salman Abedi and this event has led to many different results and responses, all across Manchester as well as the rest of the world. At the time of the bombing, Police departments and hospitals all throughout Manchester were flooded with calls. The first call to the police is recorded to have been at 10:33pm. Parents arrived at the scene soon after in search of their loved ones. Devastation hit many they came face to face with their loved ones in body bags scattered across the arena, no longer identifiable.
Six hospitals in the vicinity of the concert venue were occupied with wounded victims. Onlookers and witnesses from outside the arena recall hearing a cacophony of sirens, screams, and cries from the stadium, not to mention the loud reverberations from the powerful blast of the suicide bomb.
As a response, the United Kingdom immediately raised their terror threat level to “critical” in the midst of the harrowing incident. As things began to calm down and many arrests were recorded in the days following the blast, the nation reduced the level back down to “severe”.
Subsequent to the tragedy, Ariana Grande tweeted, “broken. from the bottom of my heart. i am so sorry. i don’t have words.” Four days later, she also tweeted out a longer letter filled with sincerity, condolences, and apologies. Grande additionally posted a link to a donation website to fundraise for the countless victims of the tragic explosion.
Fellow celebrities have also shown their support and awareness of the catastrophe, as they have tweeted comforting messages to the victims, their families, and also Grande. Many also came together, more recently, as they held a benefit concert in Manchester – One Love Manchester.