First Responder Found With Explosives in West, Texas
Bryce Reed, 31, was arrested around 2 a.m. and was booked into McLennan County Jail. The U.S. Marshals have since taken him into custody.
Officials haven’t said whether the arrest was related to the April 17 explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 15, injured about 200 and destroyed hundreds of homes.
According to sources, Reed asked an acquaintance to store a box for him sometime after the April 19 explosive at the West Fertilizer Company. That person reportedly found what appeared to be a pipe bomb in the box. Authorities were then contacted which led to the investigation.
No official connection to the explosion as of yet, however Reed was one of the first people on the scene after the explosion. Could this have been an act of vandalism or “prank” gone horribly wrong?
The charges are Federal so it’s pretty serious, either way.
Edit: More comprehensive article by slate here.