- A preliminary report by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) says a driver's mate was behind the Atomic Junction gas explosion
- The report indicates that the mate had no license on how to transfer LPG
An interim report by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) claims that the Atomic Junction gas explosion was caused mainly by a driver's mate who had no license on LPG and also no knowledge of how to transfer gas.
According to the 8-page report, the scared driver's mate ran for his life after realizing he could not stop the gas from leaking - a development which led to a ghastly explosion which killed 7 persons.
Speaking on Joy FM's Newsfile program, Chief Executive of the NPA, Hassan Tampuli explained how the explosion came about. According to him, it all happened when " a driver with the LPG Truck Drivers and Installers Association parked the gas tanker at the Atomic Junction premises of the gas station."
This revelation by the NPA lays to rest claims that a khebab seller had caused the gas explosion. The claim, made by the host of Joy FM's morning show was embraced with sharp opposition from a cross section of society who argued that his analysis was absolutely uninformed and cruel.
Also, manager of the fuel station earlier argued that the gas sparked into ghastly flames due to the risky positioning of a khebab seller just few meters away from the gas station. According to him, he had warned all food vendors to vacate the premise following the leakage of the gas some days back but they refused to heed his warning.
“The time I came in, one of them told me that it was the khebab guy who caused the fire,” the manager alleged.
At least seven people have been confirmed dead with dozens injured in the Madina Atomic Junction gas explosion that occurred on Saturday night in Accra.
Many statesmen and celebrities including past president John Mahama, Captain of the Black Stars Asamoah Gyan and Rapper M.anifest have all expressed their condolence to the bereaved families and sent their warm wishes to the burn victims.
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