Speculation Continues on Cause of Iran Blast

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Residents of the Iranian city of Isfahan reported hearing a loud explosion midday Monday, Iran's semi-official FARS news agency reported.

In its initial report, FARS quoted deputy governor Mehdi Ismaili saying the blast was heard throughout the city.

In a subsequent interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency, Ismaili said he had "heard no sound whatsoever in Isfahan," Britain's The Guardian reported. The deputy governor told Iran's ISNA news agency he hadn't spoken with FARS.

FARS later removed its original post from the website.

**CBN News Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane discussed the possible explosion at the Iranian nuclear facility, what information is available about the possible damages, and the repercussions for Israel if they launch a preemptive military air strike on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, Dec. 1.

Isfahan city officials said the explosion took place during a military drill and not at the city's uranium conversion facility (UCF).

The Isfahan plant converts uranium "yellowcake" into usable forms of uranium, such as uranium hexafluoride (UF6), which can then be enriched at Iran's Natanz plant.

Monday's explosion followed a similar incident at a military base near Tehran less than three weeks ago. A massive explosion killed 21 members of the elite Revolutionary Guard (initially reported as 17), including Brig.-Gen. Hassan Moghaddam, responsible for designing advanced weaponry for Iran's ballistic missile program. 

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