At least seven people were killed and 35 injured, mostly suffering burns, after an explosion at a natural gas depot in Ghana’s capital, fire service spokesman Billy Anaglate said on Sunday.
The explosion occurred on Saturday evening at the eastern part of Accra, causing frightened residents to flee their homes in large numbers.
Police said the blasts happened in the Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon, in northeast Accra, at about 7:30pm.
A statement from the Ministry of Information read out on local radio on Sunday said that seven people had been killed and 132 were injured. About half of them had already been treated and discharged, it said
The explosion began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street, sending a giant fireball high into the night sky and forcing frightened residents to flee.
At least six fire trucks and more than 200 police personnel were deployed to help to cordon off the area of the blasts. Ambulances also arrived and those with various injuries were sent to the hospital.
According to reports from Accra, many people were feared dead as the blasts happened at “an extremely busy part” of the capital.
The filling station is also near a transport terminal and close to some hostels for the University of Ghana.
The Accra city authorities warned people to avoid the area.