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DUBAI (Reuters) - A fuel tank falling from an Iranian plane could have caused an explosion in Iran's Bushehr province, where the country is building a nuclear power plant, Iran state television said on Wednesday.
"A local source said the explosion could have been the result of the falling of an empty fuel tank from an Iranian plane," Al-Alam said.
Originally posted by dawnstar
someone blew up their nuclear facility, letting tons of radioactive matter out into the world, and the radioactive cloud is very quickly speading across the globe........they just don't want to panic us all...
Iran and Syria say they are to form a common front to face challenges and threats from overseas.
"We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats," Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref said after meeting Syrian PM Naji al-Otari.
Both countries are under intense US pressure, with Washington accusing Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons.
One report quoted witnesses as saying they saw a missile fired by a plane.
Another said it may have been caused by a fuel tank dropping from an Iranian plane in the region.
There were also reports of anti-aircraft fire and the sound of fighter sircraft in the region.
Russian workers at the Bushehr nuclear plant have reportedly said they have no knowledge of an explosion.
A spokesman for Iran's interior ministry said he could not confirm the reports that there had been an explosion in the area, nor confirm anti-aircraft fire.
An Interior Ministery spokesman said "friendly fire" may have been the cause.
"We have no reason to say it's a hostile attack," he said.
"There is a big possibility that it was a friendly fire by mistake.
"Several such mistaken friendly fire has been reported there in recent days."