This is a sad day for Ghana.

The West African nation was thrown into mourning after at least six people were killed and 35 injured following an explosion at a natural gas depot in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

According to Gahan Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglate who confirmed the casualty on Sunday, the explosion occurred on Saturday evening.

It sent a giant fireball into the sky above the eastern part of Accra, causing frightened residents to flee their homes in large numbers.

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Police said the blasts happened in the Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon, in northeast Accra, at about 7:30pm.

"Unfortunately, there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers," Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a local radio station, adding that there are quite a number also injured."

The explosion began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street.

At least six fire trucks and more than 200 police personnel were deployed to help to cordon off the area of the blasts. Ambulances also arrived and those with various injuries were sent to the hospital.

May the soul of the dead rest in peace!

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