39 hurt in gas blast at Tehran Grand Bazaar

Iranian state media says a gas canister explosion in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar has wounded 39 people.

The official IRNA news agency says the blast happened in the basement of a building in the heart of the bazaar, which was packed with people shopping ahead of the Iranian new year.

Illustrative: Iranians walking through Tehran’s old main bazaar, March 18, 2014. (JTA/Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Images)
Illustrative: Iranians walking through Tehran’s old main bazaar, March 18, 2014. (JTA/Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Images)

The semi-official ISNA news agency says some of the injured are in serious condition. It says the incident took place in a gold workshop.

Police block off roads in and around the market to help first responders, who had to make their way through the historic bazaar’s vast labyrinth of alleys.

— AP

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