June 3, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – An explosion in a supermarket in the southern city of Shiraz injured 37 people and may have been caused by a gas leak, Iranian state media reported on Saturday.

The blast occurred at 12.45 a.m. (2115 GMT) in the city’s Hypermarket centre, the reports said.

The head of fire department in Shiraz, Mohammad Farokhzadeh, told state television that a gas leak or an explosion of flammable items stored in the supermarket could be the cause. He said an investigation was underway.

None of those injured was in critical condition, the head of the medical emergency centre of Fars Province was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

The explosion was loud enough to be heard in most neighbourhoods of Shiraz, the official news agency IRNA reported, adding that walls of the supermarket had collapsed.

Videos published on social media showed fire had reached the second storey of the building which is partly residential. Windows were shattered in shops and buildings on the street.