Gas Line That Caused Fatal Sun Prairie Explosion Not Properly Marked Before Drilling Began

Gas Line That Caused Fatal Sun Prairie Explosion Not Properly Marked Before Drilling Began

Molly Beck | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Contractors failed to properly mark a natural gas line before construction workers began drilling near it, ultimately causing an explosion that destroyed a city block of Sun Prairie and claimed a firefighter’s life.

A gas line was punctured by workers laying fiber optic cable lines for Verizon Wireless on July 10 after an Indiana-based company hired to identify utility lines marked a spot 25 feet away from where the actual line was, according to a Dane County search warrant unsealed recently.

The search warrant was executed as part of a criminal investigation into whether the crime of second-degree reckless homicide was committed when the explosion killed Sun Prairie firefighter Cory Barr. The warrant provides for the first time details about what exactly caused the blast and who was involved…(Read the full story)

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