Skip to main content

Iran probes another blast at industrial complex

The explosion is the latest in a series of explosions at facilities across Iran.

Police in Iran are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at an industrial complex in northeast Iran, state news reported on Monday.

Citing the semi-official Mehr news agency, Reuters quoted Javad Jahandoust, fire chief at the Kavian Fariman industrial complex, who said the fire was under control after a storage tank exploded. He said the incident at the industrial zone, which is located south of the city of Mashhad, is under investigation. 

A string of suspicious fires has rocked the country since late June. Iran’s Defense Ministry confirmed an industrial gas tank exploded near a military complex in Tehran on June 26. That was followed by another gas explosion on June 30 at a private medical clinic that left 19 people dead. 

Days later, Iranian officials confirmed there was an “incident” at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Two intelligence officials told The New York Times the complex was left in “charred ruins” and could take up to two years to return to its previous production capacity. 

On Sunday, a fire caused by an oil leak erupted at a petrochemical facility in southwest Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported. The governor of Mahshahr County said there were no casualties or significant damage. 

The blasts come as the Islamic Republic continues to deal with a worsening coronavirus outbreak. Despite more than 13,000 deaths from COVID-19, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the sanctions-battered economy could not afford to close down again.

Join hundreds of Middle East professionals with Al-Monitor PRO.

Business and policy professionals use PRO to monitor the regional economy and improve their reports, memos and presentations. Try it for free and cancel anytime.

Already a Member? Sign in


The Middle East's Best Newsletters

Join over 50,000 readers who access our journalists dedicated newsletters, covering the top political, security, business and tech issues across the region each week.
Delivered straight to your inbox.


What's included:
Our Expertise

Free newsletters available:

  • The Takeaway & Week in Review
  • Middle East Minute (AM)
  • Daily Briefing (PM)
  • Business & Tech Briefing
  • Security Briefing
  • Gulf Briefing
  • Israel Briefing
  • Palestine Briefing
  • Turkey Briefing
  • Iraq Briefing

Premium Membership

Join the Middle East's most notable experts for premium memos, trend reports, live video Q&A, and intimate in-person events, each detailing exclusive insights on business and geopolitical trends shaping the region.

$25.00 / month
billed annually

Become Member Start with 1-week free trial
What's included:
Our Expertise

Memos - premium analytical writing: actionable insights on markets and geopolitics.

Live Video Q&A - Hear from our top journalists and regional experts.

Special Events - Intimate in-person events with business & political VIPs.

Trend Reports - Deep dive analysis on market updates.

We also offer team plans. Please send an email to and we'll onboard your team.

Already a Member? Sign in