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Lawmaker Denies Online Reports Of Explosion West Of Tehran

The municiplaity building in Shahriar, Alborz province showing damage from fire following protests, Iran, 20 November 2019.

Following social media reports saying an explosion was heard west of Iran’s capital city Tehran, a member of parliament has denied it.

Iran’s official IRIB and state-controlled Mehr news agencies, as well as Jamaran website quoted the social media reports, saying they believe the explosion was in the Garmdareh and Qods regions. But none of these media outlets confirmed the news.

The social media reports also claimed that a part of the area in question lost electricity. However, Fars news agency close to the Revolutionary Guard sent reporters to the area at night to interview residents, trying to dispel any talk of an explosion.

Friday morning, the area’s representative in the Iranian parliament denied any explosion took place or problems with electricity. ISNA news agency quoted Hossein Haqverdi who said "There were no explosions in these areas and only due to work by the electricity company we had interruptions in Qods township".

Experts say there are at least two military installations in the area in question.

There have been a series of explosions and mysterious fires in Iran in recent weeks, some occurring around sensitive military installations.

One major even took place one week ago when an apparent explosion destroyed a uranium enrichment centrifuge assembly building in the Natanz nuclear facility.