madina-explosion

 

There was a panic yesterday as a huge explosion happened last night at Atomic Junction, close to the busy Madina Zongo Junction in Accra.

Images taken meters from the explosion show a huge ball of fire towering into the Saturday night sky.

Traffic on the main Accra Central to Aburi road has been diverted as firefighters battle the raging fire.

But life is returning to normalcy after Saturday night gas explosion at Atomic Junction near Madina in Accra.

The Police who have been at the site of the explosion, MANSCO Gas Filling Station, have cordoned off the road. Traffic on the main Accra Central and NI Highway to Aburi road has been diverted.

The fire which was reported to have started at about 7 pm on Saturday night also caught an adjacent filling station and setting ablaze many vehicles at a nearby taxi and commercial buses hub.

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Residents who fled their homes after the explosion are gradually returning.

A downpour helped to reduce the intensity of the fire.

A fire officer named only as Tawiah, told Kojo Yankson a leaking gas cylinder caused a fire which triggered the explosion

He said the fire had been brought under control now.

According to Mr. Tawiah, the firefighters had not found many injured persons as initially feared,

Also, initial fears that students of the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon, and the University of Ghana, Legon may have been affected have proven to be unfounded.

Students of both schools are safe.