Manchester Arena rocked by at least one explosion At least 19 people
confirmed dead, 50 more injured
'The arena was packed with young children'
Jane Pearson, 46, a high school English language mentor from Chadderton,
Greater Manchester, had gone to the concert with her daughter, Rachel, 21, as
a birthday treat. She told PA the arena was packed full of young children.
Mrs Pearson said: "It's the worst kind of people who could even consider doing
something like this and quite frankly those sort of people, they deserve the
worst punishment ever.
"I can't imagine what goes in to the heads of these people that want to hurt
children? And families who have come together for such a happy occasion. It's
disgusting. It's absolutely disgusting."
Mrs Pearson said she was in the block of seats next to where the explosion
occurred. She said: "Well it was just at the actual final moment of the concert.
Then all of a sudden this loud explosion, followed by a ton of smoke was coming
up from the left of me.
"Then just absolute chaos. Disbelief, everybody running over each other not
quite knowing what had gone on. Mad chaotic rush to nearest exit, lots of
people crying and wailing. Really upsetting for everyone concerned.
"There was people bleeding, and lots of people being separated, very scary,
very upsetting but obviously we believe there has been fatalities.
"It's just a terrible thing. Who could do this at a concert where there's children
and families? Its just unbelievable."
Mrs Pearson added: "I just feel for everybody that's been injured and those that
have been killed."
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