Ghana gas station explosions rock capital Accra


The deputy information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said a "significant number of persons" were affected by the explosion and "a few" had died.

By late Saturday, officials said the fire was about 95 percent contained and no longer posed a threat.

The explosion reportedly went off around 7:30 PM, at GOIL liquefied natural gas station.

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A small unit on a tower building at Ghana's Parliament also caught fire in July, although the blaze did not cause major damage. "We will investigate. There are some vehicles that were also burned as a result of the explosions", he told AFP.

"It is early days yet to give any figures" on the number injured or dead, he said, adding there were casualties in the suburb of Legon, northwest of the capital Accra.

"There was some panic and we all just moved away from the scene", said eyewitness George Agbey.

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An explosion at a petrol station in Accra in 2015 killed around 100 who had sought shelter nearby from flooding in the country's worst disaster in more than a decade.

The two explosions sent a fireball into the nighttime sky and could be heard across the city of some 7 million people.

"People were rushing out of their rooms".

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