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Video of explosion that rocked Wisconsin town made public

Video was captured on a squad car's dash cam just blocks from the blast.

The Sun Prairie Police Department on Thursday released dramatic video of the explosion that rocked the Madison, Wisconsin suburb and killed a firefighter in July. 

Warning: Viewer discretion advised. 

The explosion resulted in the death of firefighter Cory Barr, the captain of the Sun Prairie Fire Department and owner of The Barr House, one of the businesses damaged in the explosion. 

Several more emergency responders and civilians suffered injuries in the gas explosion. 

The eruption happened around 7 p.m. on July 10, about 40 minutes after a contractor punctured a natural gas main. No criminal charges are being sought in the case. 

"As I have in the past, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the courageous efforts of our firefighters, paramedics, and police officers to assist those in harm’s way both before and after the explosion," said Sun Prairie Chief of Police Patrick Anhalt in a release issued to the public on Thursday

"We will never know how many lives were saved, but we do know that about 250 people were evacuated from the immediate area prior to the explosion."

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