Andy was in the arena’s foyer waiting for his wife and daughter when he was thrown to the ground by the force of the explosion.

He told BBC 5 live the scene was “like something out of a war film”.
“When I get up and look round, there’s just bodies everywhere. I reckon 20-30 bodies. I can’t say if some of them were dead but they looked dead.

“They were covered in blood and were really seriously hurt. The first thing I did was I ran into the arena trying to find my family.” He found his family, who were safe, but said there were “kids and teenagers just lying there screaming”.

Gary Walker, from Leeds, and his wife were just metres from the explosion, waiting for their daughters to come out.
He told BBC 5 live: “We heard the last song go and then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke. I felt a pain in my foot and my leg.

“I turned around to my wife who was standing at the side of me and she said, ‘I need to lay down.’
“She’s got a stomach wound and possible a broken leg.

“I’ve got a bit of a hole in my foot where I’ve got a bit of shrapnel. I was surprised I got away so lightly.”

Emma Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester she and her husband were at the arena to pick up their daughters, aged 15 and 17, who had been to the concert.

“It was definitely a bomb. It was definitely in the foyer. We were stood at the top of the stairs and the glass exploded – it was near to where they were selling the merchandise.

“The whole building shook. There was a blast and then a flash of fire afterwards.
“We obviously then run to try and find our children and fortunately for us we were all safe to tell the story.”

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