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Friday 29 August 2014

Medic who responded to blast held

Published 10/05/2013 | 21:02

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Paramedic Bryce Reed did not enter a plea when he made his initial court appearance in Waco

A Texas paramedic who helped evacuate people on the night of the deadly fertiliser plant explosion in West has been arrested and charged with possessing a destructive device.

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It is not clear whether the charge is related to the fire or the explosion at the West Fertiliser Company last month that killed 14 people.

Paramedic Bryce Reed did not enter a plea when he made his initial court appearance in federal court on Friday in Waco, federal prosecutors said.

Assistant US Attorney Mark Frazier would not release further details.

A fire erupted at the plant on April 17 and a massive explosion rocked the town of West about 20 minutes later.

Investigators have largely treated the incident as an industrial accident. But Texas law enforcement officials also launched a criminal investigation on Friday.

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