Ghana's gas station explodes in capital city Accra

Massive gas explosion at petrol station in Ghana sends residents fleeing

Residents fled when the explosion rocked the capital and sent massive fireballs into the sky.

Government officials revealed that the explosion left at least seven people killed and left 130 others gravely injured.

Two filling stations at Atomic Junction were engulfed in flames after a gas station around the area exploded.

Ebetaleye added, "The explosion shook the buildings".

Several eyewitnesses said they had counted four or five bodies, although some bodies could have already been removed from the scene. He cautioned that emergency responders had not been able to access a convenience store at the gas station and said it was unclear whether anyone was inside.

The explosion in the Legon suburb of north-west Accra on Saturday was followed by a secondary blast and there were a number of casualties, authorities said. "It was like refugees moving away from a war-torn zone".

People run after a natural gas station explodes in Accra.

As reported by a government official, the number of victims is still unknown, many wounded. The blast was caused by an open fire used to grill meat near the gas station.

Homes have been evacuated around the city.

The national security minister, Albert Kan Dapaa, visited the scene on Saturday. A second explosion followed minutes later.

President Akufo-Addo, who was in the Northern Region when the incident occurred, had asked the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawaumia, to ascertain the extent of damage.