Blast at Petrochemical Plant in Iran's Bushehr Kills One, State Media Reports

The fire from an explosion on an oxygen pipeline in Assaluyeh, on Iran's Gulf coast, was reportedly extinguished, and authorities have launched an investigation

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An explosion on an oxygen pipeline in a petrochemical plant in Assaluyeh on Iran's Gulf coast killed one worker, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday, adding that the ensuing fire had been extinguished.

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"One worker was killed and two others were injured in the explosion on the oxygen transmission pipeline," Iran's state news agency IRNA quoted Abdolnabi Yusefi, governor of Assaluyeh in Iran's Busher province, as saying.

"The reason for the blast is under investigation and the fire has been extinguished."

On Sunday, an explosion and ensuing fire injured at least nine people in a chemical and fireworks factory in Iran’s central province of Isfahan, Iranian state media reported.

According to The Guardian, the factory was producing drones, and the blast occurred days after Israel accused Tehran of supplying drones to Hamas in Gaza. The Iranian news agency Mehr meanwhile quoted a source as saying that the cause of the explosion was under investigation.

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