Paramedic who responded to Texas blast charged

Emergency workers patrol the smoldering scene Saturday, April 20, 2013, three days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Emergency workers patrol the smoldering scene Saturday, April 20, 2013, three days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
This photo provided by the McLennan County Sheriff's office shows Bryce Reed in a booking photo on Friday, May 10, 2013.  (AP Photo/McLennan County Sheriff's Office)
This photo provided by the McLennan County Sheriff’s office shows Bryce Reed in a booking photo on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/McLennan County Sheriff’s Office)

WACO, Texas (AP) – A Texas paramedic who helped evacuate people on the night of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West is charged with possessing bomb-making materials including a pipe and chemicals.

A criminal complaint unsealed Friday says Bryce Reed has been charged with possession of a destructive device. Law enforcement officials haven’t connected the charge to the fire or the explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. last month that killed 14 people.Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent Douglas Kunze says in the complaint that the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office was called earlier this week to a home near West where they found a pipe, a variety of chemicals and fuses.

They say the objects belonged to Reed, who didn’t enter a plea when he appeared in court Friday.

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