Ariana Grande concert explosion: Hotels open doors, locals use #RoomForManchester to help
The Manchester community is rallying together after a deadly explosion at Ariana Grande‘s concert there Monday night.
A number of young fans were separated from their friends and guardians during the incident at Manchester Arena and have been offered free accommodation at local hotels and homes.
The hashtag #RoomForManchester appeared on Twitter soon after the news broke and quickly trended as the night wore on. Residents are offering tea, beds, and phone chargers to anyone who finds themselves alone on the streets of the city tonight.
Meanwhile, The Holiday Inn Express Manchester Arena has offered for people to head there to stay safe, with over 50 children already gathered in the lobby area.
The Premiere Inn Manchester City Centre has also opened its doors to the locals who need it, with both hotels requesting parents to try calling the front desks to check if their children are there.
Other locals are offering free lifts to get concert-goers home amid the chaos.
Manchester Arena was believed to have been at its 21,000 capacity crowd when the explosion occurred in the foyer, shortly after the ‘Dangerous Woman’ singer — who has a mostly young, female fan base — completed her set on stage.
It’s understood there was also a stampede out of the arena as a result.
“Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded. Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit,”one eyewitness told MailOnline.
Ariana Grande’s rep said in a statement that the singer is OK.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the fatal explosion, saying, “Just before 10.35pm on Monday 22 May 2017 police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena.
“So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured.
“This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”