Explosion Rocks Wisconsin Town After Natural gas Main Struck, one Dead
Some Civilians Suffered Minor Injuries
UPDATE on the status of those injured in the explosion:
- 1 police officer was released from the hospital
- 7 civilians, minor injuries, all released from the hospital
- 6 firefighters: 3 with minor injuries and released, 1 with minor injury and admitted, 1 in very critical condition, 1 succumbed to his injuries at the hospital
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – A police lieutenant in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, says no deaths have been reported after an explosion rocked the downtown area but that authorities will be searching buildings.
Lt. Kevin Konopacki says two firefighters and a police officer were injured Tuesday in Sun Prairie when the blast occurred.
He says some civilians suffered minor injuries but none needed to be hospitalized.
He didn’t know the exact number of civilians hurt.
The explosion happened after a contractor struck a natural gas main.
Firefighters and police in the community of about 30,000 had responded and Konopacki says an evacuation was underway when the blast occurred.
A WE Energies spokeswoman says workers for a contractor apparently punctured a natural gas main, sending gas leaking into a building ahead of the explosion.