Ghana's capital rocked by huge gas blasts

Massive gas explosion at petrol station in Ghana sends residents fleeing

The explosion in the Legon suburb of north-west Accra on Saturday was followed by a secondary blast, and there were a number of casualties, authorities said. The blast was caused by an open fire used to grill meat near the gas station.

While expressing his deepest condolences to bereaved families of last Saturday night's explosion via his twitter handle, the president said he had dispatched his Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to the tragedy scene on Sunday morning.

"Some people said there were flames in the skies, l looked and saw the flames and was convinced something bad had happened", said James Appiah, a resident of North Legon, about half a mile from the explosion.

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In June 2015, about 150 died in a fire at a petrol station in the city. "We pretty much have an idea of what we are going to do in terms of policy".

He said 10 people had been injured in the chaos of people fleeing.

Dominic Osei, a local businessman, said there were too many natural gas filling stations near petrol stations. Some have been treated and discharged, whilst many others are still being held in hospitals across the capital for further medical attention.

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"If you talk about our readiness in terms of human capability, we have it and then we have all that it takes to fight it".

Meanwhile, a new petition addressed to Akufo-Addo demanded better regulation and inspection of existing and proposed facilities, including siting them at least 50 metres from homes and 100 metres from schools and hospitals.

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