BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Iranian Ministry of Defense announced that the blast heard in eastern Tehran last night was caused by the explosion of a natural gas warehouse in the Parchin region.

“The emergency teams have started to put out the fire caused by the explosion of the industrial gas tank in the eastern part of the capital, Tehran,” the Iranian Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier Amir Abdi said Friday in a statement.

Abdi stressed, “There are no casualties because of the explosion of the industrial gas tank in eastern Tehran.”

Earlier, Iranian media said that a huge explosion rocked the area east of the Iranian capital.

According to the Iranian Mehr News Agency, a big explosion was heard in eastern Tehran, followed by an orange light in the sky.

For its part, state television said that the Iranian authorities are investigating a loud noise and bright light in eastern Tehran.

In turn, the Noor News Agency affiliated to the Iranian Supreme National Security Council affirmed that the incident was not related to Iranian military activities.

Local news sites shared videos and photos posted on social media, with some speculating a possible attack on Tehran by an unknown entity.

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