At least 7 dead, 68 injured in gas station explosions in Ghana

October 8, 2017 3:06 PM

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“Eight of these explosions in three years is too much,” Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia said.

ACCRA, GHANA—A pair of explosions at a gas station in Ghana that sent a fiery mushroom cloud into the night sky has killed at least seven people and left 68 others hospitalized, authorities said Sunday.

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia visited the site of the accident early Sunday where he pledged that the government would work to curb such tragedies.

“Eight of these explosions in three years is too much,” he said while at the LNG filling station near Legon, a suburb of Accra.

Ghana’s Information Ministry confirmed the death toll from late Saturday, and said that dozens of others also had been treated and released for injuries.

The tanker explosion at a gas station late Saturday was followed by a secondary blast. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation, Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglatey said.

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