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Contractor responsible for explosion not registered in WisconsinSubmitted: 07/20/2018
SUN PRAIRIE - A contractor struck a gas line in Sun Prairie causing an explosion July 10th that killed firefighter Cory Barr.

That contractor was not registered to do business in Wisconsin, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Michigan-based VC Tech, Inc. was hired by Kansas-based Bear Communications to help install new fiber optic cable lines in Sun Prairie.

Wisconsin law requires businesses to register with the state in most cases. It does provide exceptions in some instances, such as for businesses that sell through independent contractors.

Today, Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for the City of Sun Prairie and Dane County to help with recovery efforts.

Story By: Newswatch 12 Team

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