#RoomForManchester: Twitter Users Offer Shelter Following Manchester Explosion

Emergency services arrive close to the Manchester Arena on May 23 in Manchester, England. (Getty)

After an explosion went off at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night, Twitter users instantly began to offer up shelter to those affected by the tragedy.

Using the hashtag #RoomForManchester, hundreds of citizens of Manchester, England made it known that they had room available in their homes for anyone who needed someplace to go. Many of these users said that they lived only a few minutes away from the arena, inviting anyone to message them for more information.

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This hashtag was promoted by some celebrities who do not live in Manchester but still wanted to help spread word that others were offering shelter.

Will Perry, a BBC News presenter, offered up room in his home and used the hashtag #RoomForManchester.

In addition to offering free rooms, Twitter users also made use of the service to help search for loved ones whose whereabouts were not known following the explosion.

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A Holiday Inn near the arena began taking in children who did not have parents with them; the number for that Holiday Inn quickly spread on Twitter, with users hoping to spread it around so anyone who was looking for their loved ones would see it.

In Manchester, the hashtag #RoomForManchester shortly became the #1 top trending topic on Twitter, and more tweets are continuing to roll in as the night progresses.

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During an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, an explosion went off, and 19 people were left dead with about 50 others being injured, police have confirmed. Police said that this is currently being treated as a terrorist incident.

The concert venue held 20,000 people, according to CNN, and many in attendance were young children. NBC News is now reporting that this is suspected to be a suicide bombing.

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