Images shared on social media suggested a large explosion – TWITTER

Iranian authorities are investigating after an explosion east of the capital near a site linked to the regime’s nuclear testing programme.

A bright and large flash of light was seen in the night sky over Tehran early on Friday in images shared widely on social media, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

“In the early hours after midnight on Friday, a number of social media users reported seeing an orange light in the eastern part of Tehran,” said Fars.

“In the videos sent by (our) readers, this light is seen for a few seconds,” it reported, adding it was following up the issue with the relevant authorities.

Fars said later that the flash was caused by “an industrial gas tank explosion”

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