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Actors among victims in blast from car carrying live explosives to location shoot

An explosion on a film set in Iran has left five cast and crew members dead and at least two others seriously injured.’

The explosion occurred on Wednesday in Sacred Defense Cinematic Town, a location about 20 miles south of Tehran that is a popular filming location for Iranian war movies. A car transporting live explosives to the shooting site of “Meerajiha,” a film on the Iraq-Iran war, exploded.

A crew member for the film, directed by Masoud Dehnamaki, told Iranian state media that they had resorted to using live explosives during filming because dummy explosives were illegal in their country.

“The explosives are of the kind used in war zones. We had no choice but to use this type of explosive as the import of such material used for movies is banned,” Abbass Shoghi told ISNA.

According to those reports, the dead include Ali Akbar Ranjbar, the film set’s managing director; and Javad Sharifi Rad, director of special effects. Some actors are also said to have been killed.

“Meerajiha” was set for a February premiere at the Fajr Film Festival.

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