Photo Credit: Tasnim News Agency
Iran's Defense Minister Amir Hatami (R) viewing a missile exhibition in Tehran, February 2, 2019.

Iranian officials have denied reports that a major explosion and fire in eastern Tehran took place on Friday (July 24) inside a missile base belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in eastern Tehran.

Instead, local police claim a short circuit from a power line in the electric system sparked a brush fire in an eastern neighborhood in the nation’s capital. The Tehran Fire Department backed up the claim, according to Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency.

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The deputy chief of Tehran police Hamid Hadavand told ILNA that the fire had been put out, while a fire department spokesman said there was no report of any “explosion”, Reuters reported.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.