Crews search buildings damaged in Sun Prairie explosion

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - As crews search damaged buildings Wednesday morning, some residents who had been evacuated Tuesday night during a deadly explosion in Sun Prairie were allowed to return, officials said.

The Sun Prairie Police Department said residents who live on several streets near where gas exploded, killing a man, injuring several others and leveling buildings can return to their homes as of about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The Sun Prairie Police Department said that the fire department's Heavy Urban Rescue Team began the process of going through the area of the damaged buildings Wednesday morning to do a more extensive secondary search for any possible victims. The team will also be evaluating the structural integrity of the damaged buildings.

Police said there were no reports of anyone missing in the area.

People who were evacuated are now being allowed back into their homes once their home has been cleared by a We Energies representative

Police said residents who live on the following streets can return:

Flint Street

Union Street

Jones Street

North Street

Kroncke Drive

Linnerud Drive east of Market Street

Cannery Square

Cannery Place

Main Street east of Market Street

Chase Boulevard

Dewey Street

Hill Street

The explosion happened at 7:05 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Bristol streets after police said they were called to the area around 6:20 p.m. for complaints of the smell of gas.

More than 100 people were displaced from their homes overnight after police ordered a half-mile evacuation area, officials said.