Gas explosions in Ghana capital kill six people

At least six people have died and 35 more have been injured after two gas explosions in the Ghana capital Accra.

A tanker exploded at a petrol station in the Legon suburb in north-west Accra late on Saturday, which was followed by a second blast, authorities said.

The explosions happened near a transport terminal and close to some hostels for the University of Ghana.

Videos of the explosion posted on social media showed a blazing mushroom cloud.

"As we speak, six people are dead due to this fire," said Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglatey.

Four of the 35 injured are in a critical condition in hospital.

A tanker explosion at a petrol station in Ghana, followed by a second blast, has left several injured. Credit: AP

More than 200 police personnel were deployed to help cordon off the area of the explosion, making it difficult to access.

On Sunday morning, burned steel frames showed where the two petrol stations were raised by the explosions.