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At least 7 killed in Fireworks explosion in Iran

At least seven people, including four children were killed in Iran’s northwestern city of Ardabil in explosion of handmade fireworks and explosives.

Massive explosion which occurred last night in a residential building in Ardabil’s Araz Ali District, also injured four people, Tasnim news agency reported March 11.

The explosion destroyed the residential building and damaged neighboring houses.

According to Ardabil’s Public Prosecutor Nasser Atabati the explosion occurred while production of handmade fireworks and explosives inside the residential building.

Atabati said that in the rubble left after the huge explosion they have found materials used for production of handmade explosives.

Each year, Iran’s fire festival ahead of the Iranian New Year leads to various incidents and claims several lives.

Fireworks and improvised explosives, which are used to mark the event, often cause casualties, as public warnings against the revelry are largely ignored.