Blast Reported at Power Plant in Central Iran, Latest in String of Incidents

The explosion was caused by the wear and tear of a transformer at the power plant in Eslamabad, the Isfahan power company's managing director tells IRNA

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A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf, July 25, 2005.
A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf, July 25, 2005.Credit: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi
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An explosion occurred at a power plant in Iran's central Isfahan province on Sunday but there were no casualties, the official IRNA news agency reported reported on Sunday, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of unexplained incidents around nuclear and industrial installations since late June.

The blast was caused by the wear and tear of a transformer at the power plant in Eslamabad, the managing director of the Isfahan power company told IRNA. Power was interrupted for two hours, he said.

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Last week the Tasnim news agency reported that at least seven ships had caught fire at the Iranian port of Bushehr. No casualties were reported, the agency said.

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There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June, including a fire at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility, the centerpiece of the country's uranium enrichment program, which authorities said had caused significant damage. 

In an article in early July, state news agency IRNA addressed what it called the possibility of sabotage by enemies such as Israel and the United States, although it stopped short of accusing either directly. Israel's defense minister said on July 5 his country was not "necessarily" behind every mysterious incident in Iran.

Later in the day, the ILNA news agency reported that a fire broke out at a cellophane factory in the town of Sheikh Hassan in East Azerbaijan province, in northwest Iran. The agency posted a video of thick black smoke rising from the site.

This is a developing story...

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