An explosion occurred at a power plant in the central province of Isfahan, in the latest episode of a series of fires and explosions that have been taking place in the country for weeks.
Official media said that the explosion did not result in any injuries. The company managing the site explained that the explosion was caused by the presence of a damaged transformer, and that it did not lead to the interruption of power supplies.
Saeed Mohseni, general manager of Isfahan Electricity Company, told the official Iranian “IRNA” news agency that “a corroded transformer in the Islamabad thermal station in Isfahan exploded around five in the morning.”
Mohseni added that “the facility returned to work normally after about two hours, and that Isfahan’s electricity supply was not disrupted.”
The last weeks have witnessed a series of explosions and mysterious fires in military and civilian installations in Iran.
On Sunday, a fire also broke out in a factory in the northeastern province of Azerbaijan, according to IRNA news agency.
Two firefighters were wounded while trying to extinguish the fire, and the fire brigade in the governorate was also quoted.
Two explosions rocked the capital, Tehran, in late June, one near a military site and the other in a health center, killing 19 people.
Last week, fires broke out in a shipyard in southern Iran, resulting in the burning of at least seven ships in the Bushehr port.
Earlier this month, a fire broke out at the Natanz nuclear power plant in central Iran.
The Iranian authorities had described the fire in Natanz as an accident, without providing any details, and later said they would not reveal the cause of the fire for “security reasons.”
A series of fires and explosions has sparked speculation within Iran that it may be the result of sabotage by Israel, its archenemy.
Israel accuses Iran of seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, while Iran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
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