Explosion hits Iran power plant

Explosion hits Iran power plant

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Tehran: An Iranian national news agency IRNA reported that an explosion occurred at a power plant in Isfahan province in central Iran on Sunday. The explosion was caused by equipment failure and caused no casualties.

A “worn out transformer… at Isfahan’s Islamabad thermal power plant exploded at around 5:00 am today,” the managing director of Isfahan’s electricity company Said Mohseni told the agency.

The facility returned to normal working conditions after about two hours and Isfahan’s power supply was uninterrupted, he added.

The incident is the latest in a string of fires and explosions at military and civilian sites across Iran in recent weeks.

Two explosions rocked Tehran in late June, one near a military site and the other in a health centre, the latter killing 19 people.

Fires or blasts also hit a shipyard in southern Iran last week, a factory south of Tehran with two dead and the Natanz nuclear complex in central Iran earlier this month.

The Iranian authorities called the Natanz fire an accident and did not elaborate on it beforehand. They later said that they would not disclose the reason for “security reasons”.

A series of fires and explosions prompted Iran to speculate that this may be the result of sabotage by the enemy, Israel.

The Jewish state accused the Islamic Republic of seeking nuclear bombs, while Tehran insisted that its nuclear program was completely peaceful.

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