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Court Documents: West Paramedic Had Pipe Bomb Materials

Court Documents: West Paramedic Had Pipe Bomb Materials

  Documents obtained by 1200 WOAI news shows West Texas paramedic Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, was in possession of bomb making components, including some very dangerous chemicals, and he gave the materials to another person to keep them less than ten days after the explosion at a West fertilizer plant that killed 14 people, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  A Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives Agent said in an affidavit that Reed delivered to an unnamed person in the small town of Abbott the material on April 16, nine days after the huge explosion.

 

  The affidavit shows the materials that Reed was in possession of include fuses, canisters, and 'several pounds' of powdered chemicals including potassium nitrate, aluminum powder, red iron oxide, ammonium perchlorate, potassium perchlorate, sulfur powder, and air float charcoal.

 

  The affidavit says the materials could have been used to create a pipe bomb.

 

  Reed faces up to ten years in prison if convicted on a charge of possession of a destructive device.

 

  Officials have not said whether Reed's destructive device is in any way connected to the explosion.  The State Fire Marshal has ruled that the explosion was triggered by a large amount of ammonium nitrate which was being stored at the fertilizer plant, but has not ruled on how the fire that touched off the explosion started.

 

  The explosion caused an estimated $100 million in damage, and the owner of the fertilizer plant had only $1 million in insurance coverage.

 

  The Texas Rangers, shortly after Reed's arrest, declared the blast to be a 'criminal act.'  Attorneys say that could help victims receive compensation under the Texas Crime Victims Compensation fund.

 

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