61st Independence Day celebration fireworks held at Kwame Nkrumah Circle

61st Independence Day celebration fireworks held at Kwame Nkrumah Circle (1)The Kwame Nkrumah Circle was on Monday night thrown into a brief state of panic as pedestrians and hawkers were taken by surprise with the display of laser and fireworks to commemorate Ghana’s 61 Independence Day celebrations.

 

The pedestrians as well as hawkers who had no idea of the event scampered for cover when they suddenly heard the sporadic blast from fireworks at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Gardens.

 

They were spotted running helter-skelter for their lives, some leaving behind their wares, whilst the commercial drivers also abandoned their vehicles to join the race for survival.

Making said they thought it was a gas explosion that has occurred.

 

They recalled similar explosions during the June 3 disaster that occurred few metres from where the fireworks took place.

 

The combined military and police personnel upon realising the “chaos” had to intervene to bring the situation under control, as some were panting for breathe after the race.

 

Although, there was a general announcement by the Ghana Police Service about similar events across the country informing the public not to panic most of them claimed they were taken by surprise since they were unaware of the event.

 

However, the curious pedestrians and the hawkers after spotting no danger, thronged the event area in their numbers to catch a glimpse, whilst others questioned the morale behind the celebration which was full of entertainment.

 

The security personnel at the entrance had to limit the number of entries since the event ground was filled beyond capacity.

 

The restriction compelled most of them to stand outside the walls whilst others climbed the overpass to witness the ceremony.

 

The Chairman of the 60-year anniversary committee, Mr. Ken Amankwah expressed gratitude to benevolent individuals and organisations for supporting the anniversary celebrations.

 

He noted that the committee had embarked on memorable projects including the school farm project, which was expected to encourage farming at the Senior High School.

 

The Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who was scheduled to grace the occasion could not make it to the event due to an emergency economic meeting, but there were other important personalities which included clergies, ambassadors, traditional leaders and government officials.

BY BERNARD BENGHAN

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