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Former West TX Paramedic Bryce Reed Arrested for Possession of Pipe Bomb

West TX EMS Bryce Reed Arrested for Possession of Pipe Bomb West Plant explosion

West TX Paramedic Bryce Reed Arrested for Possession of Pipe Bomb (Credit: McLennan County Sheriff’s Office)

Bryce Reed, a former West, Texas, volunteer paramedic was arrested for possession of a pipe bomb, according to Reuters. A criminal investigation was also launched into the West fertilizer plant explosion that leveled many homes and killed 15 people.

It is not clear if Bryce Reed’s arrest is connected to the plant explosion. It should also be noted that he responded to the plant after the April 17th explosion.

Bryce Reed, 31, was arrested around 2 a.m. and was booked into McLennan County Jail. The U.S. Marshals have since taken him into custody.

Officials haven’t said whether the arrest was related to the April 17 explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 15, injured about 200 and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Before his arrest, Reed had spoken to the media — including The Dallas Morning News and The Los Angeles Times — about his experience responding to the explosion. Source

Bryce Reed made an initial appearance in federal court in Waco Friday, but he did not enter a plea and remains remanded.

Here’s more from the Waco Tribune:

Bryce Reed had been a volunteer for West EMS, but was dismissed from the organization shortly after the explosion, though Ranzinger did not know the reason he was released. Ranzinger said during the eulogy video, Bryce Reed was not wearing an organizational patch on his EMS uniform indicating what group he worked with.