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Ghana's gas station explodes in capital city Accra

09 October 2017

The explosion on Saturday evening at the state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station sent a giant fireball into the sky above the eastern part of Accra, causing frightened residents to flee their homes in large numbers.

"My deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, and I wish the injured speedy recovery".

Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said his government is determined to ensure that incidents of gas explosion do not occur again.

People were seen running to the safer place after the explosion happened.

Police said the blasts happened in the Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon in northeast Accra at about 1930 GMT.

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Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglate said investigations were underway and it was too early to determine the exact cause of the fire. "And the ambulance services assisted us to move all the injured persons to a number of medical facilities round".

It is also near a high school and the University of Ghana campus. This has led to many people being affected.

An explosion at a petrol station in Accra in 2015 killed about 100 people who had sought shelter nearby from flooding in the country's worst disaster in more than a decade. "We pretty much have an idea of what we are going to do in terms of policy".

Ghanaians have been reacting to the fire on Twitter.

Civil servants who handle applications "should also be made to answer questions (about) how these people are able to get the permits", said OccupyGhana's Sarpong Agyeman-Badu.

Ghana's gas station explodes in capital city Accra