ATF: West EMS worker admits to possessing bomb materials


by, WFAA and Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 10:21 PM

WEST, Texas -- A volunteer EMS worker in West has been arrested and charged with possession of a destructive device.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) officials say Bryce Reed, 31, was arrested by the McLennan County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, May 9.

According to a federal complaint released by a U.S. District Court, officials were called to a home in Abbott, near West, on Wednesday, May 7, where they found components which could be used to make up a pipe bomb. At least eight different chemicals were found at the scene.

The resident in possession of the materials told authorities that they had been given the materials unwittingly from Reed in April.

McLennan County Sheriff's deputies then headed to West where they arrested Reed. He admitted to possessing bomb-making materials.

Reed went before a magistrate judge Friday morning in Waco. Federal prosecutors say he did not enter a plea. He is currently being held in the McLennan County Jail.

If convicted, Reed faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. He will have a detention hearing on May 15.

Law enforcement officials say Reed's arrest has not been confirmed to be related to the plant explosion on April 17, which killed 15 people and injured 200.

"Right now it's a separate thing.There are a lot of people jumping to conclusions. Right now there's nothing tying him to the explosion," Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

On Friday the Texas Rangers and McLennan County Sheriff's Office launched a criminal investigation into the cause of the explosion.

On April 25, Reed gave the eulogy for his best friend, Cyrus Reed, who was killed battling the fire at the plant. 

Watch video of it below.