Report: Nuclear Explosion in Iran (UPDATE: 3 explosions)

nuclear_explosion.jpgA 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

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.*

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:

Dr. S.,

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.

Posted by: Rusty at 02:10 PM

Comments

1 Dr. S.,
The "antimullah.com" blogger is actually an American. He goes by the pen name Alan Peters. He says he used to work in Iran during Shah's regime and talks about having had access to all levels of the old Iranian government including the King himself. Alan is perfectly fluent in Persian.

As for the explosion itself, if it is a nuclear test then the road is cleared for eradicating the filthy suhuman mullahs and their regime.
Best
/GM

Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at January 11, 2007 03:19 PM

2 Ledeen posted on this yesterday:
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZTdiZWIyODQ4NjBjNDUzZmVlOTFkZDM2YjY3MzI2NDQ=

Posted by: wooga at January 11, 2007 03:23 PM

3 Interesting timing, no? Oh well.

Can't wait to meet those aliens.

Posted by: caltechgirl at January 11, 2007 03:24 PM

4 Jeez, did they go nuclear?

Posted by: Kuffar at January 11, 2007 03:35 PM

5 Perhaps someone accelerated their plans and caught them sleeping. Wouldn't that be nice?

Posted by: Al at January 11, 2007 03:38 PM

6 Good Lt.,
What you say about the area being prone to earthquakes is quite correct; however, wouldn't that make the region ideal for testing a nuclear device? I mean, when the seismometers in neighbouring countries record the impact, people are likely to dismiss it as just another tremor.

I'll be listening to Radio Israel's Persian service for any mention of this. Radio Israel gets a lot of tips from ordinary Iranians by phone and their account is essentially first hand.
Best
/GM

Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at January 11, 2007 03:39 PM

7 Kuffar,
Even if they have successfully detonated a device it doesn't mean that they can immediately weaponize it. However, it would expose what their true intentions have been all along so plainly that even the Euro-idiots and raving liberal lunatics wouldn't be able dismiss the threat posed by the Mullahs.

Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at January 11, 2007 03:50 PM

8 Dr S.,
I don't believe that's a Sunni area. But then again I've never been to that part of the country.

Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at January 11, 2007 04:14 PM

9 How'd you get a pet sasquatch?

Posted by: Vinnie at January 11, 2007 04:20 PM

10 Vin,

I think the actual joke goes, "How do you pet a sasquatch".

A: Carefully.

GM--is part of the uprising, then, an ARAB, rather than Sunni, uprising? Shia Arabs?

Posted by: Rusty at January 11, 2007 04:37 PM

11 IDF doing something pre-emptive??

Maybe a bolide ( like Tunguska ) or meteorite impact ??

Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Posted by: memphis761 at January 11, 2007 04:38 PM

12 The only good news that could come of this is that Israel or America eradicated the entire iranian population with a sustained nuclear attack.

Peace in the middle east can only be achieved by removing the arab and islamic persians.

Posted by: James Jay Fistro at January 11, 2007 04:51 PM

13 GM, I agree that if it were a nuke test even the euros would have to recognize the Iranians' intent all along. The only problem is that, given their track record, the cartlidge their spines are made of would disolve entirely, so there would be no realy situational change.

Posted by: Ranba Ral at January 11, 2007 04:53 PM

14 Dr. S.,
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.

Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at January 11, 2007 05:12 PM

15 Man, the MSM is sure quiet on this. Can't wait for the scoop, hopefully there was a nice body count (of Jihadi Idiots, not collateral, of course)!

Posted by: TXCrawDaddy at January 11, 2007 05:57 PM

16 If this is true, then the gutless cowards who lead the west have waited to long.

USA, all the way!

Posted by: Michael Weaver at January 11, 2007 06:09 PM

17 The only good news that could come of this is that Israel or America
eradicated the entire iranian population with a sustained nuclear
attack.
We can't do that. We need those delicious pistachios! Now go back to writing your crappy music Moby.

Posted by: wooga at January 11, 2007 06:45 PM

18 USGS is not showing anything above 4 in Iran other than a 4.6 on 1/7. The NoKo dud from last year was about 4.4, IIRC. Color me skeptical.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 12, 2007 03:43 PM






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