Thursday 17 August 2017

'It was just carnage. I saw 20 to 30 victims, some young kids'

People running through Manchester Victoria station after an explosion at Manchester Arena
People running through Manchester Victoria station after an explosion at Manchester Arena

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

A father described seeing "carnage everywhere" in the wake of the explosion at Manchester Arena that killed 19 and left up to 50 people, including children and disabled victims, lying on the floor.

The man, named Andy, said he was blown "about 30feet" by a blast that shook the building as he waited to collect his wife and daughter at the end of a concert by US artist Ariana Grande in the Manchester Arena, which holds 21,000 people.

An injured woman is helped out of the Manchester Arena after last night’s blast at a gig by Ariana Grande, which left 19 dead
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Police stand by a cordoned off street close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Two women wrapped in thermal blankets stand near the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Concert goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena after the explosion.
Concert goers wait to be picked up at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester
A tweet from U.S. singer Ariana Grande is seen as she makes her first comment since a bombing at her concert in Manchester
Armed police man roadblocks outside the arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. Photo: PA
A police officer escorts people near the Manchester Arena
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People running down stairs as they attempt to exit the Manchester Arena after a blast
Police corden off an area close to the Box Office entrance to the Manchester Arena. Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Emergency services at the scene. Photo: PA
A police officer talks to locals outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Armed police officers stand outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
An armoured police Land Rover drives away from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
People sit by the side of the road next to a police cordon outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Still image taken from video shows a street scene near Manchester Arena after the blast
Armed police block a road near to the Manchester Arena

He said he later saw panicking families trying to find loved ones in the wake of the incident last night.

He told BBC News: "It's shocking what happened. Just carnage everywhere. There was a good 20 to 30 of them [victims]. Some were young kids, some were disabled people."

Andy said he helped emergency services treat the wounded who were "scattered" by a blast near a box office.

Fatalities

Two women wrapped in thermal blankets stand near the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Two women wrapped in thermal blankets stand near the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Police and fans close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Police and fans close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Concert goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena after the explosion.
Emergency services at the Manchester Arena after reports of the explosion. Photo: PA

He said: "As I was waiting an explosion went off and it threw me through the first set of doors about 30feet to the next set of doors.

"When I got up and looked around there was about 30 people scattered everywhere, some of them looked dead, they might have been unconscious but there was a lot of fatalities.

"My first thing was to run in the stadium to try and find my wife and daughter.

"When I couldn't find them I looked back outside and the police, fire and ambulance were there and I looked at some of the bodies trying to find my family.

"Luckily they weren't there, I managed to find them outside the arena and got them back to the hotel."

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