Iran filming marred when ‘TNT blast’ kills five crew

Filming specialist blames government for banning the import of specialized material

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An accidental blast killed five special effects crew of an Iranian film when real-life explosives detonated as they were being delivered to the set Wednesday, media reported.

Two other crew were hurt in the explosion, in a car transporting the material to the set, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Tehran, the ISNA news agency reported.

The Mehr news agency said the explosives were TNT.

A member of the movie industry’s special effects union, Abbas Shoghi, criticized authorities for banning the import of specialized material.

“We are forced to use real-life explosives for a movie shoot because security authorities do not allow the import of props that are used in movies,” Shoghi told ISNA.

The movie, called “Merajiha” (“Ascensionists”), is a war film built around a story of soldiers going to heaven after they are killed. It is being directed by Masoud Dehnamaki, known for his controversial “Outcasts” trilogy.

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