A gas station in Ghana exploded on Saturday evening [October 7, 2017], sending a giant fireball high into the sky above the city as frightened residents fled the scene,” the Daily Star reports.
The gas explosion is said to have occurred at the Atomic Junction near Madina in Accra, the nation’s capital.
Reports say the explosion happened near the base of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. The commission located in the suburbs of Legon is responsible for researching on nuclear power.
There are unverified reports of many casualties from the incident. However, one body was spotted being removed from the scene of the event. A JoyOnline reporter says he witnessed emergency agencies taking the body away.
Eye-witnesses told JoyOnline that the explosion struck when a gas tanker was off-loading its contents at a station.
The fire spread quickly to a fuel station opposite the gas filling station.
Ferocious fireballs flew into the air changing the skyline and turning it into a hazy cloud.
Hundreds of residents in and around Madina, Atomic Junction and a section of the main campus of the University of Ghana, Legon are said to have fled their homes following the explosion that occurred at a gas station.
Witnesses have described “thousands of people fleeing for their lives” and videos of social media show a huge fireball engulfing the tower.
There are three other petrol stations in the area, and firefighters are on the scene battling the blaze.
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