A West paramedic remains in custody today after being arrested Friday for possession of the components of a pipe bomb, according to an article in the Dallas Morning News newspaper article today, Friday, May 10. Bryce Ashlely Reed, 31, is being held without bond.
A Department of Justice press release stated, “At this time authorities will not speculate whether the possession of the unregistered destructive device has any connection to the West fertilizer plant explosiong on April 17, 2013.”
Reed was a first responder to April’s fertiliser plant blast in West, Texas. Law enforcement personnel announced they were now treating the deadly explosion as a criminal act, according to the Guardian.
It was agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) who put the handcuffs on Bryce in the early hours of Friday.
Authorities have declined so far to say if the charge is related to the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company on April 17. The tragedy included the deaths of 14 people and 200 injured victims.
The investigation includes a plethora of agencies. The Texas Department of Public Safety said it had launched a ciminal investigation into the blast.
Before Friday’s stunning revelations, the common belief was that the explosion was a potential industrial accident.
Reed is a paramedic and commander with the West Emergency Medical Services. He has been quoted frequently by the news media following the shocking incident.
He was in Waco Friday for a hearing in the US District Court. He didn’t enter a plea today.
Special Agent Douglas J. Kountze signed an affidavit which in pertinent part stated that ATF agents were called to a residence in Abbott, Texas Tuesday where components of a possible destructive device were found.
Components of the device included a galvanized metal pipe, canisters, galvanized end caps with a digital scale, plastic spoon, six coils of metal ribbon and several pounds of chemical powders in individual bags. The powders included Potassium Nitrate, Aluminum powder, Red Iron Oxide, Ammonium Percholorate and German Dark Aluminum.
A Houston TV station reported Reed had asked an acquaintance to store a box for him. That person looked inside the box and found what looked to him like a pipe bomb. They then called the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office who then contacted federal investigators.
Anyone interested in receiving free updates of future National Places and Faces article, National Western Religions articles and Wichita Falls Law Enforcement articles may click on subscribe links above this and other articles. My readers may also follow me on Facebook, Google and Twitter.