Gas terminal blasts kill seven in Ghana
09 October 2017
At least seven were killed and scores injured, mostly suffering burns, after a series of explosions at a natural gas station in Ghana's capital, Accra, on October 7. A statement from the Ghanaian Ministry of Information the following day said that seven people had been killed and 132 injured. About half of them had already been treated and discharged, the statement said.
The initial explosion happened at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station in the suburb of Legon and spread to a Total petrol station across the street, sending a giant fireball into the night sky and causing many local residents to flee.
At least six fire engines and more than 200 police were deployed to the site of the blasts, according to Al Jazeera. Accra city authorities warned people to avoid the area.
The gas station is near a bus terminal and University of Ghana campus, and local media reported many students had escaped the blasts.
In May, a tanker discharging liquefied petroleum gas at a factory in Takoradi in western Ghana caused an explosion that killed six firefighters and injured at least 80 others.
In June 2015, more than 200 were killed as they sought shelter from heavy rain at a petrol station in Accra. Leaking fuel floating on top of rising waters caught fire, causing explosions that destroyed buildings and the filling station.
The Ghanaian Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, cut short a trip to the Northern region to visit the site of the incident in Accra.
Speaking to journalists, he said: “On behalf of the president I would like to extend my condolences. All of Ghana has been affected by this major tragedy. This is one too many. This is about the eighth explosion in three years. We need a solid policy to deal with this once and for all. We owe it to the country and the government is going to take it seriously.”