One concert-goer told ITV News panicked fans racing out of Manchester Arena after a loud explosion were stopped from running by staff and told to “calm down” as it was “only a balloon”.
“We heard a bang and I just run for me life,” she said. “They told us to calm down cos it were a balloon. It weren’t a balloon.”
The Ariana Grande fan said she and others were held for a few minutes before being allowed to leave the venue, whereupon they learned of the bombing that has now claimed at least 22 lives.