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Thursday 18 September 2014

Texas paramedic denies blast charge

Published 11/05/2013 | 18:37

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Flags fly over the West Fertiliser Co. explosion site in West, Texas. Law enforcement officials have launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertiliser plant explosion that killed 14 people last month (AP)

A lawyer for a Texas paramedic arrested on charges of possessing bomb-making material says his client will plead not guilty and had no connection to the fertiliser plant explosion that killed 14 people last month.

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Attorney Jonathan Sibley said in a prepared statement on Saturday that his client Bryce Reed anxiously awaits his next court appearance on Wednesday, which will include a detention hearing.

Authorities arrested Reed on Friday but stressed that he has not been linked to the April 17 explosion in West, Texas.

The statement said Reed remained "heartbroken" about the explosion, in which he lost friends, and wants to continue to help his community rebuild.

Reed was a first responder but two days after the explosion was "let go" from West EMS for unknown reasons.

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