A gas station exploded in Ghana last night at the Atomic junction in Accra near the overpass that connects Legon to Madina (Zongo junction).

Incident happened at about 7:30pm Saturday.

The fire was said to have started at a Total Fuel station and extended to another station. The result was two huge explosions which occurred minutes apart.

Students at some hostels at the University of Ghana campus, close to where the incident happened took to their heels.

A Government official said an unknown number of people were killed

“Unfortunately there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers,” the deputy information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, told a local radio station. “There are quite a number also  injured.”

The initial blaze was later put under control after about 200 police officers were sent to the scene.

An eyewitness, Kobby Boateng, said he had just returned from the campus with his girlfriend when the explosion happened.

“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.”

The explosion at about 7.30pm local time (1930 GMT) began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street at the Atomic Junction, a Reuters witness said.

Frightened residents ran from the explosion, which sent a giant fireball   high into the sky above the city, and at least six fire engines and several ambulances responded to the blast.

A police spokeswoman, Efia Tenge, told AFP it was a gas explosion, and added: “I am in Legon [in north-easy Accra] and I heard two explosions. My whole building was shaking.”

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