Factory blast near Iran’s capital kills two in latest explosion

Two people were killed in an explosion at a factory south of Tehran on Tuesday, the latest in a series of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites.

State news agency IRNA reported “human error” was the cause of the blast.

“Two people were killed and three others were injured,” said local official Amin Babai, adding the explosion happened in “an industrial zone” at Baqershahr near Tehran.

“The explosion that was caused by some workers’ negligent handling of oxygen tanks … was so powerful that the walls of a factory nearby were also totally destroyed,” Babai was quoted as saying.

Last Thursday, a fire broke out at a ground-level building at Iran’s underground Natanz facility, the centrepiece of Iran’s uranium enrichment programme, which the authorities said 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.

Article source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/factory-blast-iran-capital-kills-latest-explosion-200707124705165.html