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Giant balls of flame light up night sky in Ghana gas explosion

8 October 2017 6:35 AM
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Accra: A natural gas station in Ghana's capital Accra has exploded, killing an unknown number of people.

The explosion about 7.30pm on Saturday local time began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street at the city's Atomic Junction, a witness said.

Several witnesses said they had counted four or five bodies, although some bodies could have already been removed from the scene.

Frightened residents ran from the explosion, which sent a giant fireball high into the sky above the city, and several fire trucks and ambulances were deployed to the scene.

Videos on social media showed giant balls of flames that set the night sky aglow.

"Unfortunately there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers," Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a local radio station on Saturday.

He added that the main blaze was largely under control and that the government planned to release casualty figures on Sunday morning.

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.

Infrastructure in Accra, a city of roughly 7 million people, has failed to keep pace with population growth after years of rapid economic expansion.


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