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Search warrant: Contractor failed to mark gas line before Sun Prairie explosion

SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) — A contractor failed to mark a natural gas line that was hit, leading to the July explosion in downtown Sun Prairie according to a search warrant obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal.

The warrant says a Wisconsin-based worker from Indiana-based USIC marked a spot on a sidewalk about 25 feet from where the gas line actually ran under the street.

In a press release Thursday, the Sun Prairie Police Department says they’re aware of the search warrant and that “the information revealed in the search warrant is a component of the investigation and is not conclusive in itself.”

Sun Prairie firefighter Cory Barr died in the explosion.

The warrant was part of a search for evidence that could support a second-degree reckless homicide charge for Barr’s death.

Officials for USIC did not respond to the newspaper’s request for a comment.

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