Batesville is a town in the state of Utah.
StatiCorp Particle Accelerator
StatiCorp maintained a research and development facility in Batesville, working with Particle Accelerators. For several weeks, safety inspector Hannah Hutchins received false reports from section two of the facility, filled by technician Tobias Ford in order to draw Hutchins' attention. The part was replaced and triple-checked for damage to ensure the safety of everyone in the facility.
An accident, caused by Ford's efforts to spend time with Hutchins, resulted in an explosion that killed Arlene Willoughby, Frank Delacourt and Jack Benson. The explosion opened a wormhole that trapped Ford between two different worlds, with the ability to uncompletely shift between the two worls.
Hutchins blamed herself for missing the cause of the problem that caused the explosion without knowing the actual reason. The entire city of Batesville also blamed Hutchins, while Ford started stalking Hutchins to protect her from the people who confronted and attacked her, appearing as a phenomenon of telekinesis developed by Hutchins.
Roxxon Gas Station
- "She blew up that gas station. Why aren't you arresting her?"
- ―Batesville Citizen
Taylor, the shop owner, blamed Hutchins for the explosion, arguing that Jack Benson, one of the victims, was his friend, and Benson's wife blamed Hutchins, as she was a safety inspector, and he continued to confront her even when she wanted to leave and avoid troubles.
Tobias Ford, trying to protect Hutchins, started to attack Taylor throwing cans at him, appearing to be some kind of telekinetic power displayed by Hutchins. Taylor ran away scared by the attack, but Ford caused the gas station to explode, while a scared Hutchins thought it was her fault.
- "Officer, is there anything you can do to get these people to disperse?"
"Been trying, but it's a free country."
- ―Phil Coulson and Batesville Police Officer
Coulson approached Hutchins' house with Grant Ward and Melinda May, finding an angry mob surrounding her house and demanding the police to arrest her, as they blamed Hutchins not only of the explosion of the Particle Accelerator, but also of the explosion at the gas station.
Coulson tried to talk to Hutchins and let her know they were there to help her, but members of the mob started attacking Hutchins throwing eggs to her. Tobias Ford, in order to protect Hutchins, drove a car straight to the mob, with Coulson having to jump in to save Roger from being hit by the car. Martha, another of the citizens reunited, blamed Hutchins for trying to kill them, and Skye left the S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV where she was waiting in order to talk Martha down.
- "Sir, the Department of Energy's declared the particle acceleration lab too dangerous to enter."
"But the good news is we still think we can retrieve the disaster event data from the instruments."
"We'll determine the cause and see if there's any correlation between telekinesis spontaneously forming and a particle accelerator exploding."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz to Phil Coulson
Simmons discussed the low probability of the existence of telekinetic powers, and Fitz reminded her a prank they suffered at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy that made them question the possibility of the existence of telekinetic abilities. However, Fitz and Simmons came across the idea of making the pranks they could not perform at the Academy, using Skye as her own freshman.