Investigators: Contractor Mismarked Gas Line Before Deadly Wisconsin Blast


A utility-location worker failed to properly mark a natural gas line in a Madison, Wisconsin, suburb this summer, leading to an explosion that leveled more than half a dozen buildings and killed a firefighter, according to court documents.

A search warrant request recently unsealed in Dane County Circuit Court states investigators are looking for evidence that would support a homicide charge in Sun Prairie firefighter Cory Barr’s death.
The explosion took place on July 10th after the processing of a subcontractor, who placed fiber communications lines in a gas main line at the Sun Prairie junction in a downtown area. One of the 911 excavations to report that you can smell the air in the air.

Firefighters and police rushed to the point of intersection and evacuated dozens of people before the gas fired, firing the city center into an orange light, firing a rising cannon for hours. Six businesses and one house were destroyed. Barr was killed in the explosion and some other emergency workers were injured.

Investigators demanded the search warrant on 19 July, stating that they were looking for evidence to support a second-degree reckless murder, and asked him to sign a seal to keep his progress a secret. Judge Shelley Gaylord agreed to sign the documents by 17 October.

An affidavit accompanying bail request states that an Indiana-based USIC employee, a company that specializes in maintaining public infrastructure during excavations, cannot accurately mark the gas line in the street, and instead targets a spot below a 25-meter pavement (7.5 meters) away. .

The company rejected the shortening of the court decision. Investigators found out about the identity of one of the workers exploding, while he was on the phone when the explosive day was overheating.

The police approached the worker six days after the explosion but refused to talk to them. Inspectors received a letter from his lawyer two days later saying they would not talk to the law enforcement. Declaration, the lawyer did not name.
USIC lawyer Traci Martinez and worker did not return their voice mail from the Associated Press on Thursday morning. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne also did not immediately send a message.

The police in Sun Prairie issued a statement saying that the search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation and was not certain.

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