Medic who responded to Texas blast arrested

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas paramedic who helped evacuate people on the night of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West has been arrested and charged with possessing a destructive device.

It's not clear whether the charge is related to the fire or the explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. last month that killed 14 people.

Federal prosecutors say paramedic Bryce Reed did not enter a plea when he made his initial court appearance in federal court Friday in Waco. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Frazier would not release further details.

A fire erupted at the plant 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 Friday.

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