West, TX Explosion First Responder Arrested; Denies Involvement in the Blast (Video)

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New information surfaces about the Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

Town of West: An explosion from a fertilizer plant rocked the area sending shockwaves 50 miles away.
Town of West: An explosion from a fertilizer plant rocked the area sending shockwaves 50 miles away.

dev-test.intellihub.com
May 14, 2013

Days ago we reported that a local EMT named Bryce Reed who worked at the plant was arrested for allegedly giving bomb making materials to a neighbor.  Now the story is getting mainstream attention, but the suspect denies any involvement and investigators have been indicating that this explosion may not have been an accident after all.

As we mentioned earlier this week, the State Fire Marshal’s Office continues to push back their deadline for establishing what caused the recent explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas.  Initially this was reported as an accident, but investigators are having a difficult time confirming that in their research.

Every theory that investigators have had so far have been proven wrong.

Reed was charged Friday with possession of a destructive device. He faces 10 years in prison. Reed made an initial appearance in federal court in Waco on Friday but did not enter a plea.

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According to an affidavit from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, someone who lives in Abbott called the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday about a “possible destructive device” that they had “unwittingly taken possession of” from Reed.

Also interesting about this case is that although Reed was originally arrested by local police, he was then turned over to US Marshals and details of his warrant have been frozen.

So far no details have been released with the exception of this affidavit (Read The Affidavit) which discusses some of the charges against him. 

As of right now there are conflicting reports coming from local people and media sources.  Some neighbors have favorable opinions of Reed, while others do not.  There are some that feel he is being silenced for asking too many questions, while others feel that he is a potential suspect in the explosion.  Regardless it will be interesting to see what kind of hard evidence they have if any, that he did in fact posses bomb building materials.

As we reported last month Intellihub Reporter Matthew Short noticed an increased emergency military presence in Waco, Texas on April 16, thinking on his toes following a recent terror attack, he and a friend took time verified video and photographs of armored response vehicles.  Additionally, he rushed towards the blast when it occurred the next day and was able to discuss emergency response drills with a local hospital representative, before surveying the damage.

In the coming weeks we will be bringing more updates on this story, including the drills, military activity in the area and the Monsanto connection.

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