The Iranians say accident … for now. However, Tehran also hasn’t said much about what precisely exploded overnight, and more precisely where. The explosion in the Parchin area lit up the night sky, prompting social-media uploads from residents living near the controversial nuclear-research site. The Guardian collected a few of them for this short clip:
That’s one impressive explosion, and what looks like a sustained fire afterward. The videos are far enough away that they can’t pinpoint what exploded or where, but the Iranians have two key assets nearby: the Parchin facility that has long been a point of contention for the IAEA, and the Khojir missile base.