Seven dead and 68 injured in gas explosions in Ghana

8 October 2017, 03:56

Seven people have died after a tanker exploded near a petrol station in Ghana's capital, Accra.

Two huge explosions sent a giant fireball high into the sky above the city at around 7.30pm on Saturday. Scores of people ran from the scene.

Some 68 people were treated in hospital for their injuries.

"There was some panic and we all just moved away from the scene," said eyewitness George Agbey.

"It was like refugees moving away from a war-torn zone."

Ghana's deputy information minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said people with "various degrees of injury" were being treated in hospital.

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.

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