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Massive Explosion at Iranian Plant Kills Five

7:38 AM MDT | August 5, 2010 | Natasha Alperowicz

A massive explosion at the Pardis Petrochemical Co.'s fertilizer complex at Assaluyeh, Iran caused a huge fire and killed five workers at 2 pm local time on Wednesday, according the to Mehr News Agency (Tehran). A ruptured gas pipeline is reported to have caused the explosion after welding sparks ignited the leaking gas. The explosion has caused significant damage to the complex. A unit within the Pardis complex was completely destroyed, Mehr News Agency reports. President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the second phase of the Pardis fertilizer complex...

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