UK:Terror Attack at Manchester Arena Kills 22, Injures 59

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Twenty-two people are dead, at least 59 injured, and a dozen still missing, after a suicide bomber detonated inside the Manchester Arena, just as the Ariana Grande concert had ended and concert goers were exiting the main floor leaving the venue.

The lights had just come up at the second largest music venue in the United Kingdom, where 21,000 people, many young girls in their 'tweens and early teens with their parents, had just enjoyed their first live music experience when what has been described as one large explosion echoed throughout the arena.

Authorities have confirmed the suicide bomber responsible detonated the blast inside the exit tunnel, bringing down a wall and ripping through an foyer filled with people. The lone wolf responsible for the insidious evil act died at the scene.

It was a tsunami wave of panic as cell phone video shows the mood still light with music playing and the muffled blast, with the cell phone owner, a girl still filming, asking what just happened, did it go off and then "Oh my God," as the screams and sounds of panic began to escalate.

Manchester Chief Constables Ian Hopkins said "I can confirm the details of the events tonight that we currently know. At around 10:30pm last night we received reports of an explosion at the Manchester arena in the City Centre. It was at the conclusion of the Ariana Grande Concert. We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise. We are working closely with the national counter terrorism policing network and the UK Intelligence partners."

LONDON Terror Attack: Four Killed; 40 Injured in Lone Wolf Islamic Attack; Eight Arrests in Birmingham and London

 An unknown concert goer described the scene as it looked like "A two or three story brick building wall separated itself and fell flat onto the ground. A really loud shout bang."

Teen Kiera Dawber also attended the concert and was closer to the foyer where the initial blast went off killing up to 22 people.

She said, "The concert just started letting everyone out and there was a smoke coming up through the steps, people were shouting to their kids. Smoke and bodies were scattered about everywhere; people were lying on the floor; traffic was at a stand-still in the tunnels and you could see about 20 or 30 bodies straight off were dead, some were injured, a husband was holding his wife. There was blood everywhere."

With the structural damage and the exits compromised widespread panic quickly consumed the crowd. Cell phone video show stampeding chaos from all levels as fear and panic set in. Concert goers were jumping barricades to get to safety.

World Reactions

Ariana Grande tweeted "Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry, I don't have words."

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the public should remain "alert but not alarmed" following the explosion at the Manchester Arena.

Her full statement reads "This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and victims who have been affected, and I know the whole country will share that view. I'd like to pay tribute to the emergency services who have worked throughout the night; they have done an excellent job. The public should remain alert but not alarmed. But I have two further things to add. The great city of Manchester has been affected by terrorism before. Its spirit was not bowed; its community continued. This time it has been a particular attack on the most vulnerable in our society. Its intention was to sow fear; its intention is to divide. But it will not succeed."

U.K. Prime Minister May issued a statement that read they "are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected," she said.

President Donald Trump, who is in Israel meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was informed of the situation by Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

The State Department issued this statement, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those killed and injured in the incident. "The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities. The U.S. Embassy in London is monitoring the situation closely."

President Xi Jinping of China sent condolences to Queen Elizabeth stating, "At this difficult moment, the Chinese people firmly stand by the British people."

It has been twenty years since Manchester has seen a terrorist attack. The last June 15, 1996, a 3,300lb truck bomb, obliterated the City Centre.  The IRA, Irish Republic Army, sent a warning 90 minutes before the blast was set to detonate and 75,000 people were evacuated. The bomb, the largest since World War II injured 212. No deaths were reported.

Dawn of a New Day

Morning is breaking in the United Kingdom, Manchester stands eerily quiet as the day breaks over what is usually a bustling early morning metropolitan city with commuters hitting the rails. Today, Victoria Station, the largest in Manchester is closed. Piccadilly is open with heavy police presence.

It's been eight hours since the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. The very fluid investigation has answered some questions, raised others, and broken our hearts again as the death toll has risen.

Loved ones are still searching for missing sons, daughters, friends, and parents. Social Media, Twitter and local authorities are working to assist every person find their loved ones.

The world mourns again as senseless violence as those who seek to control our minds, to break our spirits to incapacitate us as a people and destroy these fun, memories and punctuate them with evil,  violence or hurt so that the good, the beauty, the fun of the evenings, days, times are erased and replaced with only fear, terror, and horror. To allow them to rob us of the good gives them control. When they control; they win.  

Sources: Various

 

Haute Tease

  • Tribeca Film Acquires U.S. Rights to British Romance Summer In February

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    New York, NYTribeca Film today announced it has acquired U.S. rights to director Christopher Menaul’s “Summer in February,” starring Dominic Cooper (“The Devil's Double”), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), and Emily Browning (“Sleeping Beauty”). The screenplay is written by Jonathan Smith, based on his novel of the same name. 

     
  • New Year, New You: Seven Ways to Start 2017 Right

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The New Year is upon us and it’s time to re-calibrate our self-care strategies, amp up our health, fitness and overall wellness. This is always a great time to turn to the marketplace for innovations that can ease and expedite our endeavors.

     
  • Academy Award Winner Marisa Tomei Helps Celebrate Grand Opening Of The Sie FilmCenter

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Denver Film Society (DFS) announced Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei will help celebrate the grand opening of the Sie FilmCenter, the permanent home of the Denver Film Society, in a public unveiling that also honors Anna and John J. Sie.  

  • VIP Grand Canyon Helicopter Picnic Tour Review – High, Mighty and Loving it

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    When visiting Las Vegas there's no better VIP experience than buzzing the famed strip by helicopter en route to a tour of the Grand Canyon—especially one paired with a champagne picnic in the colossal canyon, itself. And, no company does this better than Sundance Helicopters that for nearly 30 years has been making passengers feel high and mighty in Sin City.

     
  • Oliver Stone’s South of the Border Review: Sizzling Hot

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Oliver Stone’s newest film SOUTH OF THE BORDER, “A Political Road Movie” fills the back seat of the old beat up opinion and travels, through the seven countries of South America, serving up more heat than the media can handle.

Crime

  • Theater Shooter Arraigned; Gag Order Issued

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Accused theater Shooter, James Holmes, was arraigned this week in Aurora, Colorado for the killing rampage that began during the opening screening of the Warner Bros film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

     
  • Justice Watch: Cold Case Murder of San Diego Family Solved

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Charles McStay, his wife and two small children disappeared four years ago, vanished is the better word, snatched from their suburban home. Today authorities arrested Charles Merritt, a business colleague, for the four murders.

     
  • Yellowstone Cold Case Remains Unsolved

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Scarface, the once 600lb grizzly bear known to roam free in the vast wilderness of Yellowstone National Park was shot and killed last November near Gardiner, Montana, after wandering just north of the Park's boundaries.  

  • Boston Bomber Found Guilty; Sentencing to Follow

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber, was found guilty of homegrown terrorism and other crimes after a month long trial where the theory of mental coercion by the defendant’s brother was introduced. His guilty verdict deems him death penalty eligible.

     
  • Gun Control Reform Inches Forward

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Gun Control Law has inched somewhat forward with a veiled victory as Vice President Joseph Biden announced two new executive actions, nine months after the horrific and senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school.  

Auto, Yachts, Jets, Real Estate

  • Celebrity Real Estate News: Walt Disney's Palm Springs Vacation Home on The Market

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    When Walt and Roy Disney co-founded the Walt Disney Co. in 1920, they had dreams of large success, but likely could not have fathomed becoming the world leader in fantasy, cartoon characters and family film. 

     
  • HL Real Estate: Skyline Views, Luxury Amenities: 1065 Midtown, The Only Midtown Address

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    It’s getting Haute in Hot-Lanta! Atlanta’s sizzling Real Estate Market skyrocketed this week when the National Football League announced the Mercedes Benz stadium home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons had won the bid for Super Bowl 2019.

     
  • Beach Boy Brian Wilson Selling Vacation Home

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    After Elvis and before the Beatles, the Beach Boys were America's favorite rock 'n roll group ruling the U.S. air waves with “Surfin' Safari,” “Surfin' USA” and “Surfer Girl” and virtually creating the California beach music sound.

     
  • Donald Trump Lists Beverly Hills Mansion

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Even the most politically disinterested person has not escaped being gobsmacked by what might be the strangest presidential campaign in American history. Candidates are scrutinized and bicker on everything from their marital history and health to even their choice of homes.