Explosion on Iranian oil tanker off China, rescue crew pulled back -ministry

BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) -

* There was an explosion aboard the Iranian oil tanker that collided with a Chinese grain ship after rescue crews tried to use foam to extinguish the fire, China's Transport Ministry (MOT) said in a statement on Wednesday

* The explosion happened at around 13:35 Beijing time on Wednesday

* Emergency ships were forced to withdraw to safe distance after THE explosion, the MOT said (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason; editing by Jason Neely)