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Scores injured in Iran chemical factory explosion

TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) – An explosion at a chemical factory in southern Iran injured scores of people, most of them lightly, the country’s state TV reported yesterday.

The report said a leak from an ammonium tank caused the blast on Monday evening in the southern city of Firouzabad in Fars province. Firemen were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, the report added.

According to Chief of Fars Province Health Department Vahid Hosseini, out of 133 injured who were taken to local hospitals, mostly factory workers, 114 were later released after treatment.

Authorities yesterday re-opened a nearby major road that they had closed after the explosion.

Iran occasionally reports incidents of fires or explosions at industrial sites affecting the country’s infrastructure that are mainly blamed on technical failures.