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'Huge' blast at gas station rocks Ghana's Accra

Fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the site of a massive blast at a gas station at Accra's Atomic Junction.

'Huge' blast at gas station rocks Ghana's Accra

Fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the site of a massive blast at a gas station at Accra's Atomic Junction.

08 October 2017 Sunday 01:23
'Huge' blast at gas station rocks Ghana's Accra

A gas station in Ghana's capital, Accra, has blown up, sending a giant fireball high into the night sky and forcing frightened residents to flee, according to police and witnesses.

The explosion at around 730pm local time (19:30 GMT) on Saturday began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station in the Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon in northeast Accra.

It then spread to a Total petrol station across the street, a witness told Reuters news agency.

"I am in Legon and I heard two explosions," Efia Tenge, police spokeswoman, told AFP news agency. "My whole building was shaking."

Residents ran from the explosion, which lit up the sky with flames, and at least six fire trucks and several ambulances were deployed to the scene.

There was no immediate information about casualties, but local media reported that a number of cars had been burned out as fires spread.

Images posted on social media purported to show a giant fireball high into the sky above the city, with residents warning of a "huge explosion" and "raging fire".

Twitter users in Accra urged other residents to stay away from the Atomic Junction site.

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.

Aljazeera

Updated: 10.10.2017 10:10
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