Explosion at gas station in Ghana leaves six dead

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"It is early days yet to give any figures" on the number injured or dead, he said, adding there were casualties.

The explosion yesterday evening at the state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station sent a giant fireball into the sky above the eastern part of Accra, causing frightened residents to flee their homes in large numbers.

While authorities will deal with the backlash and politics of regulation later on, in the meantime, they have responded quickly with over 200 law enforcement and fire service personnel deployed to the blast zone.

Ghanaians have been reacting to the fire on Twitter. Major Mintah said the deaths occurred as a result of panic reaction since the 37 Military Hospital is yet to record any death from burns.

An explosion at a gas station in the African nation of Ghana killed at least one person and injured several others, according to government officials and news reports.

"This is a busy interchange and one of the main routes out of the city", she said.

A petition asking lawmakers to "set up rules and regulations for safer filling stations away from businesses, schools and residential areas" has been signed by more than 1,000 people within hours.

"All of a sudden, we heard a "boom" and the flash of an explosion, which made the building just shake and the lights went out", he told AFP.

In 2015, an explosion in the capital city killed about 150 people who were seeking shelter from seasonal rains and flooding at a gas station.