Blast in Tehran Near State Broadcasting Headquarters Rattles Iran

An explosion in a park near the state broadcasting company rocked Iran’s capital early Saturday morning. No casualties were reported, and it was uncertain if the blast was an attack or accident.

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A loud blast rocked northern Tehran near the headquarters of the state broadcasting company in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to security authorities speaking to official state media.

The explosion of an unidentified object happened inside Mellat Park, a vast and popular green space in the capital adjacent to the headquarters of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. There were no casualties reported, Iranian media said, and it was not certain if the blast was the result of an accident or an attack.

“There was only one explosion,” Hamidreza Goudarzi, the deputy security chief for Tehran Province, said in a statement to the Tasnim News Agency.

Asked if this was a terrorist attack, Mr. Goudarzi said investigators were at the scene, looking into the scope and details of the explosion.

Videos shared on social media show multiple fire trucks rushing to the scene, and bystanders can be heard wondering if it was a bomb or an accident.

Sensitive sites in Iran have been targeted in a series of covert operations by Israel in the past year, including two attacks on the Natanz nuclear facility, the assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist and a drone attack last month on a state centrifuge production company.

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