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How the Manchester arena attack unfolded

May 23, 2017 | Society

A homemade bomb exploded near or in the large public area that connects the arena to the Manchester Victoria train station where parents often wait for their children after concerts.

The power of the blast shook the arena, and people started screaming and running. The first police calls came at 10:33 p.m. Parents and others tried to identify loved ones until security guards ushered everyone out.

Investigators say the explosion occurred in a foyer, but it was not yet clear whether this referred to the public space between the arena and the train station — where victims were seen in photographs — or to an area inside the arena.