Paramedic Who Responded to Fertilizer Plant Explosion Charged with Possession of Pipe Bomb Components

BJ6lgt_CAAI2QuzVolunteer EMT Bryce Reed, one of the first-responders on the scene for last’ month’s fertilizer plant explosion, has been charged with the unlawful possession of pipe bomb components. No one is saying that the two events are connected, but the criminal investigation is ongoing.


May 10 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors charged a paramedic, one of the first to respond to a deadly explosion last month in West, Texas, with unlawful possession of pipe bomb components, although authorities said no evidence linked the charge to the fertilizer plant disaster.

Texas state officials also announced on Friday that they had opened a criminal investigation into the April 17 explosion that killed 14 people and injured about 200 others. The state fire marshal’s office has said that ammonium nitrate stored at the plant detonated in the explosion but they have not been able to pin down the cause of the fire and blast.

The state Department of Public Safety said the Texas Rangers have been directed to join McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in the investigation.

Bryce Reed, a volunteer emergency medical technician, appeared in U.S. District Court in Waco, Texas, on Friday, where he faced one count of unlawfully possessing an unregistered destructive device, prosecutors said. He did not enter a plea, said Daryl Fields, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Texas.

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  • JoiquimCouteau

    “Pipe bomb components”…

    You mean like a pipe?

    • echar

      probably that and blasting caps.

      • JoiquimCouteau

        “the sonofabitch was hiding them in his walls and under his sink!”

        • echar

          If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.


          • JoiquimCouteau

            Shit, I should get rid of all my pipes…

    • Hadrian999

      pipe bomb/bomb components are a classic, you can go into any home in america and find them.

      • Zenc

        Yeah, I remember when the “Authorities” proudly toted out what they labeled as such from Richard Jewell’s house.

  • GP

    EMT is not a Paramedic – not that I’m being pedantic or anything!!

    • Matt Staggs

      Thanks for the clarification. I had no idea.

  • tomasiepants

    Flash Powder is an item commonly sold at magic stores. For magicians. It’s also used to make pipe bombs. However, you need to have A LOT of it. Maybe the dude’s a magician?

  • rafiki

    Who cares?

  • Rhoid Rager

    Young Keifer Sutherland + Matt Damon morphed into an evil paramedic.

  • alizardx

    The concept is that the EMT blew up the place before he got there?

    Given that the most likely culprit is carelessness allowed by corporate cost-cutting done knowing that state regulators would never show up, they really do need a scapegoat.

  • JoiquimCouteau

    I was gonna cut off 100,000 match heads and pack them in a pipe, but that works too

  • Matt Staggs

    I already knew my cats can be little bastards, but now I have to turn them in to Homeland Security as weapons of mass destruction.

  • Zenc

    That sounds like a lot of work and is clearly dangerous. (Don’t believe me, ask “Kurt Saxon” to count to 10 on his fingers for you.)

    Those are both a big No-No. Especially all that exacting work.

    The new way to handle it is to lazily cobble up something that looks highly suspicious and then securely attach it to that old stump, or whatever you want to get rid of.

    Then make sure the cops find it.

    They’ll over-react and do the job for you.

    That way your neighbor gets rid of that old stump, the cops get to act and feel important, and no lives were put at risk.

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