Iran—A massive explosion at Iran’s Parchin nuclear plant killed two people, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported. The report said a fire broke out at the plant on Sunday night and gave no further details, Breaking Christian News says.
The BBC, citing the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA), said that the incident occurred at an “explosives materials production unit” southeast of the Iranian capital of Tehran.
According to ISNA, the blast was so powerful that it shattered windows located 15 kilometers away. Witnesses reported seeing a glare from the explosion that lit up the night sky.
While Iranian officials are not commenting on the incident, they did confirm that there was an “incident” at the Parchin plant. Two people have been classified as “missing.”
Meanwhile, BBC reports:
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not been given access to the complex since 2005.
Analysts say the IAEA suspects Iran of experimenting with explosives capable of triggering a nuclear weapon at Parchin.
The pro-reform website Sahamnews said the explosion on Sunday evening was so intense that windows of buildings 15km (nine miles) away were shattered.
The glare from the blast could also be seen from a great distance, the report added.