Law Enforcement Announce Criminal Investigation Into West Explosion, Arrest Reported

11:35 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Law Enforcement Announce Criminal Investigation Into West Explosion, Arrest Reported

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today directed the Texas Rangers to join McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in launching a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in West, Texas, on April 17. Media are reporting a paramedic has been arrested on a charge of possessing a destructive device but officials aren't commenting on whether the arrest is related to the West explosion.
WEST - Bryce Reed, a volunteer EMS worker who talked with the media during the aftermath of the West explosion, was detained and faces a charge of possessing a destructive device. Exactly what type of device was not revealed by authorities, but a "destructive device" can be defined as anything from poisonous gas to a grenade or rocket or bomb.