John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP

Subcontractor in vicinity of Wisconsin explosion

Kansas company says sub-contractor was "on-site"

July 13, 2018 - 5:12 am

A communications company is clarifying where its subcontractor was working when a natural gas explosion killed a Wisconsin firefighter this week.

Authorities say a crew ruptured a gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday, leading to an explosion that devastated a half-block and killed firefighter Corry Barr.

Verizon Wireless said Thursday it had contracted with Lawrence, Kansas-based Bear Communications for a fiber project in Sun Prairie. Bear released a statement Thursday saying a subcontractor was working "on site" but gave no details.

A Bear spokesman says the subcontractor was working in the "vicinity" of the explosion. He says the workers were evacuated ahead of the blast. He declined any additional comment.

It's unclear whether the subcontractor was responsible for rupturing the line.

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