Iran power plant explosion, factory catches fire



This file photo from March 2005 shows a general view of Isfahan nuclear power plant. [Henghameh Fahimi/AFP]

An explosion hit a power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan on Sunday (July 19th), state news agency IRNA reported, saying it was triggered by faulty equipment and caused no casualties.

A "worn out transformer... at Isfahan's Islamabad thermal power plant exploded at around 5 a.m. 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.

A cellophane factory also caught fire on Sunday in the northeastern province of Eastern Azerbaijan, IRNA said.

Two firefighters suffered injuries while battling that blaze, the province's fire brigade was quoted as saying.

The incidents are 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.

Iranian authorities called the Natanz fire an accident without elaborating and later said they would not reveal the cause, citing "security reasons".

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