Explosions at a natural gas station in Accra rocked the Ghanaian capital Saturday, about 7:30 p.m. local time (1930 UTC) causing a massive fire that forced residents to flee, officials said.
Though there was no word on casualties, the Reuters news agency cited Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as saying some people had been killed and “quite a number also injured.” He did not have specific casualty numbers.
Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglate told the French news agency AFP that the explosions occurred when a tanker was delivering natural gas to a station.
“It’s too early for us to know the cause of the fire. We will investigate,” Anaglate told AFP.
The explosions launched a huge fireball into the sky. They could also be heard across the city, witnesses said.