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  World   Middle East  26 Jun 2020  Gas tank blast rocks Iran's capital, no casualties: ministry

Gas tank blast rocks Iran's capital, no casualties: ministry

AFP
Published : Jun 26, 2020, 12:19 pm IST
Updated : Jun 26, 2020, 12:19 pm IST

A number of social media users reported seeing an orange light in the east of Tehran as the tank blew up around midnight

 Images and videos shared on social media suggested a large explosion. (viaTwitter)
  Images and videos shared on social media suggested a large explosion. (viaTwitter)

Tehran: An industrial gas tank exploded in Tehran overnight, Iran's defence ministry said Friday, after the blast lit up the night sky in images widely shared on social media.

The tank blew up around midnight, with Fars news agency saying "a number of social media users reported seeing an orange light" in the east of the Iranian capital.

"A gas tank exploded in the Parchin public area. Thank God, there were no casualties," defence ministry spokesman Brigadier General Davoud Abdi said.

The blaze was brought under control by firefighters, and investigations were underway to determine the cause, he told state television.

Fars, which is close to ultra-conservatives in Iran, said that according to "videos sent by (our) readers, this light was seen for a few seconds".

It cited an "informed source" and said the site of the incident was not related to the military.

"At the entrance of the (nearby) Parchin military zone, there is no movement or traffic of fire and rescue vehicles," the news agency added.

AFP could not immediately verify purported videos of the explosion that went viral on Twitter.

Fars said that the flash of light was caused by "an industrial gas tank explosion" near a facility belonging to the defence ministry.

Mehr news agency said a "terrible sound" was heard.

"The cause of this sound and light is not yet known, but it was clearly heard in Pardis, in Boumhen and surrounding areas" of the Iranian capital, it said.

State television said various institutions were investigating the incident. Fars said police were involved in the investigation.

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