Ghana Gas Explosion Kills Seven
By Rita Obi
Ghana’s capital, Accra was thrown into chaos on Saturday evening, with two huge explosions that shook the city.
The incident started from a state owned GOIL natural gas depot in the city’s capital and escalated to a Total petrol station across the road at about 7:30 pm (19:30 GMT).
According to the Police, the blasts happened in the Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon, in northeast Accra. Leaving seven people dead and 132 injured with burns.
The filling station is also near a transport terminal and close to some hostels for the University of Ghana.
The explosion sent a giant fireball high into the night sky, forcing frightened residents, students, street sellers and passersby to flee like refugees fleeing from a war zone.
Over 200 police personnel and six fire trucks were deployed to the scene to help control the crisis and Ambulances were also present at the scene and conveyed the injured victims to the hospital.
The deputy information minister, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said people with “various degrees of injury” were being treated in hospital.
In June 2015, a blast at a petrol station near a busy downtown Accra intersection killed at least 90 people who were sheltering there from heavy rain and flooding.
Also in May 9,2017, an explosion happened at a factory in the port city of Takoradi as a tanker was discharging liquefied petroleum gas at the Ghana Household Utilities Manufacturing Company factory with at least 80 people injured.