Massive gas explosion rocks Ghana's capital Accra: Reuters witness

Massive gas explosion rocks Ghana's capital Accra: Reuters witness

"My deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, and I wish the injured speedy recovery".

Hundreds are walking to the scene of the explosion this morning to see for themselves what the fire which caused thousands to flee their residence left in its wake.

On Twitter, Accra city officials warned of an explosion in the Legon and Madina areas around 7:30 p.m. local time.

Anaglatey said the Ghana fire service was now at a stage where it needs to upgrade its methods.

The Fire Service's Deputy Director of Public Relations, Billy Anaglatey, has noted his outfit's need for helicopters to fight fires, following the massive gas explosion at Atomic Junction.

More than 200 police personnel were also deployed to help to cordon off the area of the explosion, making it hard to access.

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In all, seven persons, as at midday Sunday, had been confirmed dead, with as many as 130 people suffering varying degrees of injuries.

It is also near a high school and the University of Ghana campus.

In May, an explosion at a factory in the port city of Takoradi occurred as a tanker was discharging liquefied petroleum gas at the Ghana Household Utilities Manufacturing Company factory.

After the first explosion, two more filling stations nearby engulfed in flames.

A small unit on a tower building at Ghana's parliament also caught fire in July, although the blaze did not cause major damage. "We pretty much have an idea of what we are going to do in terms of policy".

"These deaths could have easily been prevented, so let's prevent them from ever occurring again in the future".

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