Preliminary investigations in the La gas explosion by the Ghana Fire Service have named the possible cause of the fire as the missing bolts and nuts on a tanker emptying the gas at the filling station.
These preliminary explosion investigation results confirm the Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority, Mr Moses Asaga's suspicions that the explosion was as a result of 'human error' on the part of the gas tanker operators.
The deputy PRO of the Ghana Fire Service, Billy Anaglate in giving the updates on the investigation noted that their preliminary inquiries into the incident also point to human error.
According to the Deputy PRO, "various bolts and nuts holding onto to the holding point of the gas tanker itself, the one that had gotten there to discharge gas, [were missing]. That was the spot that exploded…”
He added that, "to determine whether those bolts and nuts got out as a result of the pressure build up within the tanker or they got off probably because they were not properly secured," and also said that witness accounts were still being collected for more information on the incident.
On Thursday, December 22, the Louis Gas filling station exploded in the La Trade fair area claiming 11 lives and causing severe injuries to over 40 people.
Many stakeholders, as well the outgoing President Mahama and President-elect have asked that incident be a revelation into the siting of such structures as well the safety measures to curb any such future incidents.