As police in Manchester, England, continue their search for suspects in Monday night's (May 22) suicide bomber attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left at least 22 dead and 59 people injured, witnesses to the chaos described the terrifying scene that followed a loud explosion outside of Manchester Arena at 10:30 p.m. local time.
With many still too shaken to fully process their thoughts, Billboard spoke to a number of witnesses to the incident.
"First of all, we heard a massive bang and you could hear screaming," said a male teenager standing by himself outside of a hotel entrance around 200 meters from the arena. "We looked up to where we’d seen it coming from and people everyone was just diving over each to try and get to the exits. A siren just said evacuate the building. As we got out, ambulances and police started pulling up and there were sirens were going off. It sounded like a bomb or a gun shot. It was just really bad."