Dramatic footage of deadly gas explosion is released by police

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This is the moment a huge explosion rocked a suburban street after workers struck a natural gas main.

One firefighter was killed in the blast, which also injured 11 other people and levelled houses.

Police have now released footage of the deadly incident, which happened in July in the city of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Firefighter Cory Barr was off duty at the time, but was rushing to help evacuate people before the explosion happened.

He had worked as a firefighter for 15 years and was described as a ‘hero’ after his death.

He owned a restaurant, Barr’s Tavern, with his wife Abby and that was one of six businesses destroyed in the blast.

Huge gas explosion that killed firefighter
Cory Barr with wife Abby and their twin daughters Aubrey and Hailey (Picture: Facebook)

His widow said: ‘He was so outgoing, goofy, big-hearted, and would give the shirt off his back to anyone.

‘To say that our family is devastated and heart-broken is an understatement.’

Dramatic dash cam footage issued by police shows fire and debris being sent flying through the air.

Construction workers and police officers can also be seen running from the scene in panic.

Dramatic dash cam footage shows the explosion unleashing a fireball and debris into the air (Picture: Sun Prairie Police Department)

On Thursday authorities said no one would be facing criminal charges as a result of the blast.

Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt said the explosion was a result of ‘miscommunication’ between companies tasked with installing fibre lines and the company who failed to correctly mark the gas main.

The gas explosion happened after an unmarked gas main was cut (Picture: Sun Prairie Police Department)

Chief Anhalt told reporters: ‘There is not probable cause to believe a crime was committed.’

Mrs Barr filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Thursday, the same day authorities said no one would be facing charges.

Construction workers and police officers were seen running from the explosion (Picture: Sun Prairie Police Department)

Two firefighters injured in the blast, Ryan Welch and Greg Pavlik, also filed lawsuits on Thursday.

The decision not to file criminal charges comes after a five-month investigation which examined 45 pieces of evidence and reviewed 67 interviews.

The explosion levelled a block and destroyed a home (Picture: Sun Prairie Police Department)

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