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Iran authorities investigate large explosion near Tehran | Iran (www.theguardian.com)

Iranian authorities are investigating reports of a large explosion just east of the capital, Tehran, early on Friday, state TV reported.

Videos and pictures posted on social media that were picked up by local news outlets showed a bright light flaring out across the night sky, followed by a large plume of smoke.

Semi-official news agency Isna reported the explosion was of an industrial gas tank on the outskirts of a military defence site but had no connection to military installations in the region.

The defence ministry was quoted by Manoto news as saying a gas tank exploded in a public area in Parchin but had nothing to do with military bases there.

Parchin is home to a sprawling military base where Iranian technicians were alleged to have tested high explosive components for a nuclear warhead in the early 200s.

This is a developing news story, please check back for updates.

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