Two massive explosions at the natural gas depot in Accra, Ghana have claimed seven lives and injured scores of people.
The Saturday evening blasts into the night sky created a giant fireball scaring thousands of people who live in the nearby areas.
The gas depot stricken by the massive blasts is located in the eastern part of Accra, the capital city of Ghana.
Thousands of people who live nearby left their home in fear after the giant fireball lit up the night sky of Accra.
Al Jazeera reported the Ghana police saying, “The blasts happened in the Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon, in northeast Accra, at about 7:30pm (19:30 GMT).”
The number of casualties by the giant blasts was unidentified at the beginning.
The country’s Ministry of Information later told the press in a statement that seven people were killed and 132 injured in the fierce blasts.
The explosion began in GOIL, the state-owned gas station, spread the petrol station across the street causing blasts of giant fireball and claiming several lives.
A Computer Programmer Kobby Boateng told AFP, “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. People were rushing out of their rooms. Some of them were naked and the heat that was coming from that blast, my God, it was unbearable.”
A direct witness to the accident Chris Dare tweeted about the incident immediately after it took place which was later shared by Al Jazeera and according to Mr. Dare, saved some lives.
Chris later wrote a full-length article about the firsthand shocking experience of the explosion. We will quote some of his lines but advise our readers to visit this link to Medium to read the complete story.
“The explosion happened at Legon — precisely Atomic Junction. I was in Baristas, a local restaurant, with my friend, Edem Segbedzi. We were working on a software development project. Just behind Baristas was the Benab filling station and within a very close region were 4 other fuel stations (I know people will disagree with me on this but keep reading till the end of this story).”
All these four fuel stations exploded and caused the fireball into the Accra sky.
Mr. Chris indicated later in his article about the mismanagement of the fuel stations. He wrote, “It’s high time we revised how to handle fires at fuel stations. This explosion was just a catastrophe waiting to happen.”