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Blaze at Iran oil pipeline contained

Source: Press TV

Firefighters have extinguished a massive fire that raged for more than ten hours after an oil pipeline exploded in Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan.

An explosion broke out at the pipe transporting crude oil from Qale Naar town to the provincial capital Ahvaz, located 874 kilometers (543 miles) southwest of Tehran, at 1:30 a.m. local time on Friday (2100 GMT on Thursday), IRNA reported.

Hundreds of firefighters and engines worked through Friday morning to deal with the fire, which spread 300 meters wide with flames that leapt 40 meters into the sky.

The blaze was eventually quenched 10 hours after the explosion.

Luckily, no one was hurt by the inferno that produced a massive orange glow that could be visible from hundreds of meters away.

An extensive investigation has been launched into the cause of the Friday incident.

The pipe transporting crude oil from Qale Naar town to Ahvaz is one of the longest pipelines in Iran. The pipeline has the capacity to transfer up to 4,000 barrels per day.

Iran is the world's fourth-largest oil producer and sits on the world's second largest natural gas reserves.

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