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Explosion at an Iranian refinery.

Image Credit: Majid Asgaripour/WANA via Reuters

On Wednesday, an explosion at an Iranian refinery in Tehran, caused a large fire which was unfortunately continued on Thursday. In a separate incident, on the same day Iran lost its largest Iranian naval ship Kharg due to an explosion and subsequent fire, raising speculation of a potential attack on Iran, most likely from Israel. No casualties were reported but around 20 crewmen suffered minor burns.

Iranian authorities reported that the explosion was caused after a gas leak led to an explosion causing a massive blaze. The fire started at around 7.30pm local time.

A leak at a liquid gas pipeline at the facility sparked the fire.

Mansour Darajati, Tehran crisis team head, said to state television. 

Iran has suffered a number of mysterious explosions around the country in recent years most notably the explosion and cyberattack at the Natanz nuclear factory which hampered the uranium enrichment process needed to build the nuclear bomb. It is believed that Israel might be behind such attacks due to their repeated announcements that they will do anything necessary to stop Iran from acquiring the bomb. The explosions excluding the ones at the nuclear plant, could also be the result of poor equipment. Bypassing safety procedures might be a common occurrence in a number of companies which will eventually lead to an accident or a disaster. The government most likely prefers to blame it on a country rather than admitting poor safety procedures.

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