Iran defence ministry says exploding gas tank caused overnight Tehran blast, no casualties reported

Iran defence ministry says exploding gas tank caused overnight Tehran blast, no casualties reported
The Iranian defence ministry says that an explosion at an industrial gas tank, which caused no casualties, was the cause of a huge blast in Tehran late on Thursday night
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Social media users published photos purporting to show the gas explosion [Twitter]

A huge explosion seen in Tehran late on Thursday night turned out to be from an industrial gas tank Iran's defence ministry said on Friday.

The blast lit up the night sky in images widely shared on social media, amid speculation that the explosion could have been from a military strike.

The tank blew up just before midnight, with the Fars news agency saying "a number of social media users reported seeing an orange light" in the east of the Iranian capital.

"A gas tank exploded in the Parchin public area. Thank God, there were no casualties," defence ministry spokesman Brigadier General Davoud Abdi said.

The blaze was brought under control by firefighters, and investigations were under way to determine the cause, he told state television.

Fars, which is close to ultra-conservatives in Iran, said that according to "videos sent by [our] readers, this light was seen for a few seconds".

It cited an "informed source" and said the site of the incident was not related to the military.

"At the entrance of the [nearby] Parchin military zone, there is no movement or traffic of fire and rescue vehicles," the news agency added.

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AFP could not immediately verify purported videos of the explosion that went viral on Twitter.

Fars said that the flash of light was caused by "an industrial gas tank explosion" near a facility belonging to the defence ministry.

Mehr news agency said a "terrible sound" was heard.

"The cause of this sound and light is not yet known, but it was clearly heard in Pardis, in Boumhen and surrounding areas" of the Iranian capital, it said.

State television said various institutions were investigating the incident. Fars said police were involved in the investigation.

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