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Chemical factory blast injures two in Iran

04 May 2021

A chemical factory explosion and fire injured at least two firefighters in Iran on May 2. The incident happened at the Movaledan chemical plant near to the central city of Qom.

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Representative image: Shutterstock

Footage taken at the scene and posted on social media shows a large, black plume of smoke rising from the factory. The cause of the blast is unknown.

Around 20 fire engines attended the scene with over 150 firefighters battling the flames, the ISNA news agency reports. Two firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze. One of the men is reported to be in a critical condition. Israeli media reports that up to six people may have been injured in total.

According to ISNA, the Qom fire department spokesperson said firefighters managed to prevent flames from reaching several alcohol tanks located in the factory, however several explosions were reported elsewhere on the site.

The incident occurred against the backdrop of other incidents happening in Iran in recent months, many of which the country has blamed on its neighbour, Israel. On April 11, Iran blamed Israel for an explosion at the Natanz nuclear plant. According to the Times of Israel, the explosion caused damage to 6,000 centrifuges, setting back enrichment at the site by six-nine months. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement.

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