Killed in explosion in Tehran, building damaged: report

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More than 20 cars and some nearby buildings were damaged: Police (representative)

Tehran:

An explosion in a battery workshop near the Iranian capital on Friday killed one person, injured ten others and damaged homes and cars, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.

The explosion occurred at 5.15 p.m. (1245 GMT) on the ground floor of a three-story residential building in Nasimshahr County, Tehran Province, local fire chief Iraj Torkamani told IRNA.

A fire caused by the explosion “was so severe that one worker died instantly and 10 residents of 25 apartments in the building were slightly injured,” he said.

More than 20 cars and a few other nearby buildings were also damaged, he added.

Torkamani told the Tasnim news agency that the cause of the explosion was still unclear and investigations were ongoing.

A local chief of crisis management, Mansour Darajati, told state television that a faulty cutting tool could have been the cause.

The station showed walls of the first floor of a building that appeared to have been blown open and several cars with broken windows damaged by falling debris.

The incident is the latest in a series of fires and explosions that have struck military and civilian sites across Iran since June.

On July 2, a building in the Iranian nuclear complex Natanz was badly damaged. At the end of a week, two explosions occurred in Tehran, including one near a military compound.

Officials said the explosions were accidents, but some Iranian media suspected that covert Israeli operations were responsible.

The Supreme National Security Council of Iran announced on July 3 that the “cause of the accident” in Natanz had been “pinpointed” but declined to elaborate on it for safety reasons.

At the end of July, Mojtaba Zolnour, chairman of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign affairs, ruled out drone or missile attacks as the cause.

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