Report: Ahmadinejad convoy not attacked; fireworks set off

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 4, 2010 18:26

TEHERAN – Iran's official news agency said Wednesday that an explosion near the president's convoy was just an excited fan setting off fireworks, denying earlier reports of an assassination attempt President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A fan set off a firecracker similar to those used during sports matches to express his excitement at Ahmadinejad's visit to the western Iranian town of Hamedan, reported IRNA news agency.

The explosion near the president's convoy had set off a flurry of media reports, including one that it was a handmade grenade.

Earlier the conservative Iranian website, khabaronline.ir, said a grenade exploded as the president's convoy headed from the airport to the venue for the speech, but did not harm him.


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