January 11, 2007
Report: Nuclear Explosion in Iran (UPDATE: 3 explosions)
A major explosion is being reported in the Iranian desert. It said to be a nuclear explosion. In the general area of one of Iran's nuclear testing sitees.
The alternative theory is that a UFO crashed. That is what one Iranian blogger is reporting, anyway. Anti-Mullah:
Reports emanating from Iran on Wednesday indicate a huge explosion - reportedly NUCLEAR - from the Kerman area at the edge of the Kavir Lut (major desert).Since even North Korea tested its nuke underground, I'm guessing that the even the Iranians aren't stupid enough for an above ground test.
I waited to get confirmation of the event that was felt a 100 kilometers away but apart from on the ground phone reports, the local Islamic Iranian news media reported that an UFO had crashed and blown up to explain the incident.
The explosion took place at what would be the Islamic Regime's testing ground for an atomic weapon.
Which leaves the UFO theory. Kerman: Iran's Roswell. Now excuse me while I go feed my pet sasquatch.
But GM seems to think that the explosion might have been a detonator test. My guess is that this is just rumor compounded by fear.
Lots of updates below the fold.
UPDATE: Our resident Iran expert, GM, clarifies two points. One, Anti-Mullah is an American. Two, SMCCDI (Daneshjoo to you oldtimers) reported this yesterday.
A huge mysterious explosion rocked Iran's main south central region in the early morning of today.But since the sources seem to be the same--mainly, phone calls and e-mails from friends and relatives in Iran, I'm still sticking with the UFO theory. Ledeen, at The Corner, thinks the Ethiopians are behind it.
The mysterious explosion is believed to have happened in the mountains located at about 100 KM of the city of Kerman.
So far no official explanation has been given despite the fact that the shake impact of the explosion was felt in a big part of the region.
And Good Lt. is quick to remind us that this is a seismically active area. So, an earthquake? An alternate theory could be that this is another Sunni attack. Many don't realize that Iran has been having its own troubles from their Sunni minority. Any one know if this is a Sunni area?
UPDATE II: When I'm on to something, man, I'm really on to something! Ace brings us this update from al Reuters: 3 explosions in Iran:
Three strong explosions jolted southern Iran on Thursday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, but gave no information about possible casualties....Which means this is an active area for Sunni Arab unrest. Which is deliciously ironic since Iran seems to be actually helping to fund Sunni insurgents in neighboring Iraq.*
Khuzestan, the heartland of Iran's oil industry, has been simmering with unrest among the province's mostly Arab population for more than a year.
I believe Ward Churchill calls this type of thing "chickens coming home to roost."
UPDATE III: Yet another update from Ace that the Mullahs are about to execute some Arabs from the area. Which is more evidence of my Sunni theory. Payback: 'tis a bitch.
UPDATE IV: From GM, a Christian originally from Persia:
I'm under the impression that the explosion near Kerman (central Iran) was exceptionally powerful. The three explosions in the Arab area of Khuzistan (the south west corner of Iran) were relatively ordinary bombs. There is quite a distance between the two areas. In the past couple of years Khuzistan has been the scene of clashes between the Arab minority and the regime's thugs including a few bombings.
Isn't it interesting that the same AhmadiNezhad who cries rivers for Arab terrorists of Palestinian areas, subjects the Arab minority of Iran to torture and execution.
*Why would Iran fund Sunni insurgents? For the same reason they fund the Sunni group Hamas--common enemies.