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.


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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.