Deadly gas explosion sends giant fireball billowing over Ghana's capital

Deadly gas explosion sends giant fireball billowing over Ghana's capital

A natural gas station in Ghana's capital Accra exploded on Saturday evening, sending a giant fireball high into the sky above the city and killing a number of people.

The explosion at around 7:30 pm local time began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street at the city's Atomic Junction, a witness said.

At least six fire trucks and several ambulances responded to the blast.

"Unfortunately there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers," Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a local radio station.

"There are quite a number also injured."

Frightened residents ran from the explosion.

More than 200 police were deployed to help to cordon off the area of the blasts.

Authorities said the fires were now under control.

An explosion at a petrol station in Accra in 2015 killed around 100 people who had sought shelter from flooding nearby.

That was the country's worst disaster in more than a decade.

Infrastructure in Accra, a city of roughly 7 million people, has failed to keep pace with population growth after years of rapid economic expansion.

Reuters/AP