Large fire reportedly broke out at state warehouse near Tehran
An explosion on Monday at a state warehouse outside Tehran sparked a major fire at the site, according to preliminary unconfirmed reports from Iran.
Images uploaded to social media showed large billows of smoke above the Iranian factory.
No further details were immediately available regarding the source of the explosion or the purpose of the warehouse, but the site is near the factories of several large companies.
Monday’s incident was the latest in a series of mysterious explosions and malfunctions in Iran, many of which have been blamed by Tehran on Israel.
Last month, a massive fire broke out at the state-owned Tondgooyan Petrochemical Co. oil refinery, which serves Tehran. An explosion reportedly affected a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline at the facility. No further information was then provided either.
In May, a petrochemical site in southern Iran was hit by an explosion that killed one worker and injured two others. Authorities in the city of Asaluyehin in Bushehr province said the explosion came from the oxygen transmission pipeline to two local petrochemical complexes, according to the official IRNA news agency.
Numerous explosions have been reported in recent years at complexes vital to Iran’s nuclear program and its energy and military sectors, including an alleged sabotage of the Natanz nuclear power plant last year.