Laud explosions reported in a Ghanaian military base on early Wednesday were caused by an accidental fire outbreak, according to a military official.
Residents living near the Michel Camp, about 40 km northeast of capital Accra, reported laud explosions in the military base, with some in nearby communities running for their lives.
Director of Ghana Armed Forces Public Relations Col. Eric Aggrey-Quarshie confirmed to Xinhua on telephone Wednesday that there had been a fire outbreak in a workshop near an armor depot within the camp just after midnight on Wednesday.
“There were dummy rounds (ammunition for training) and pyrotechnics (explosives) used for training and some equipment in this workshop, and they started exploding causing the loud sounds,” Aggrey-Quarshie explained.
He said firemen worked hard to bring the fire under control around 2 a.m. local time, with no deaths recorded.
“It is purely an accident and the first ever since the armor depot was established there in the 1960s. We are going to investigate to establish the cause of the fire,” he added.
Residents in adjoining communities were woken up by the loud blasts with fireballs going high up in the atmosphere.
Most residents had to evacuate to safer grounds until the incident subsided, eyewitnesses said. Enditem