A massive blast and subsequent fire was reported late Friday in the western district of Tehran, Iran, prompting many residents in the area to seek cover.
Fire and rescue teams rushed to the scene, as eyewitnesses detailed the initial blast sounding “like a building collapsed.”
Reports have suggested that the explosion erupted inside a residential building near Mellat Park, one of the capital province’s largest green spaces. It is believed that the explosion was caused by a malfunction in the building’s gas system.
Hamidreza Goudarzi, the deputy security chief for the Tehran Province, noted in a statement to the Tasnim News Agency that “there was only one explosion,” and that officials were at the scene.
Goudarzi did not confirm or deny whether the blast was part of a planned attack, as the area is near the headquarters of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
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