Feds to reveal results of West blast investigation


by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News


Posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:53 AM

WEST, Texas -- A 7 p.m. curfew is still in effect in parts of West, TX where streets resemble a battle zone and a still mysterious blast is to blame.

No one can say for sure what caused it, however residents could soon find out.

“It’s very important to know what went wrong ‘cause something definitely went wrong,” resident David Zahirniak said.

For weeks, ATF and the Fire Marshall’s Office have been canvassing the fertilizer plant and treating it like a crime scene. On Thursday, during a press conference, they plan to reveal what they discovered.

Some residents are reluctant to learn at whom they could soon point a finger.

“It causes drama,” resident Melanie Urvis said. “I don’t like drama.”

For so many of them, nothing can replace what has already been lost.

“I’m just interested in the insurance company,” resident Donna Heitmiller said.

Yet there is something federal investigators can hopefully clear up regarding a recent twist.

Bryce Reed, a 31-year old volunteer EMT, has pleaded not guilty to having an unregistered firearm. When he was arrested last week, court documents revealed he had bomb making materials stored at a home in Abbott, TX.

His attorneys insist he had nothing to do with the explosion, while the feds have kept quiet.

“I think it’s time for a clear statement that if they think he had something to do with it, then say that and show us what you have,” Reed’s attorney, Jonathan Sibley said.

Reed remains in federal custody and is no longer an EMT. 11 News learned his lost his position shortly after the explosion because he acted as a media liaison when he was told to stop.