Paramedic Bryce Reed Arrested For Explosive Device, Possible Link To Fertilizer Plant Blast

After Texas officials announced on Friday that they had opened a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people and injured 200 others, a paramedic in West, Texas, has been arrested for possessing an explosive device.

Franceska Perot, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the arrested man is Bryce Reed.  It is not clear whether Reed is linked to the explosion at West Fertilizer.

"I don't know that they're making that connection," said an anonymous source, Reuters reported. Reed helped victims in the aftermath of the explosion and saw many of his colleagues get hurt or killed.

Reed, 31, was taken to McLennan County Jail and is now in the custody of federal agents. Investigators have determined that ammonium nitrate stored at the plant detonated in the explosion but they still don’t know what caused the blast.

The Dallas Morning News interviewed Reed after the explosion destroyed his home and killed his best friend, Cyrus Reed. (They are not related.) He talked about the therapy sessions he has been attending since the blast.

“They’re rescuing the rescuers,” said Reed, “They’re really walking through hell with us to help us get to the other side.”

At the time, Reed admitted that he wasn’t sure if he was going to continue serving as a paramedic after seeing the devastation from the explosion and losing his best friend.

“Who I was before April 17 has died,” he said. “I have to figure out who I am again.”

Sources: Reuters, Dallas Morning News


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