Explosion heard in western Tehran: Iran state media

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An explosion was heard west of the Iranian capital Tehran early Friday, the official IRIB news agency reported, citing reports on social media.

“Some social media users have reported hearing the sound of an explosion west of Tehran and in Garmdarreh and Shahr-e Qods,” IRIB said, adding that electricity has been cut in the area of the explosion.

Shahr-e Qods is a city in Tehran province and Garmdarreh is a town in the city of Karaj, the capital of Alborz province. Karaj is approximately 20 km (12 miles) west of Tehran.

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There have been multiple explosions and fires around military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.

Two people were killed in an explosion at a factory in the south of Tehran, state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday.

Last Thursday, a fire broke out at a ground level building at Iran’s underground Natanz facility, the centrepiece of the country's uranium enrichment programme, which authorities said had caused significant damage.

Also last week, 19 people were killed in an explosion at a medical clinic in the north of Tehran, which an official said was caused by a gas leak.

On June 26, an explosion occurred east of Tehran near the Parchin military and weapons development base that authorities said was caused by a leak at a gas storage facility in an area outside the base.

- With Reuters

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