WACO, Texas -- A former first-responder in the Central Texas town devastated by a deadly plant explosion pleaded not guilty Wednesday to allegations that he possessed materials for a pipe bomb.

By agreement between the defense and the prosecution, an afternoon hearing was cancelled after Bryce Ashley Reed waived his arraignment. Reed remained in federal custody.

Authorities haven t linked Reed to the April 17 blast that killed at least 14 people and leveled part of the town of West.

Federal agents arrested Reed last week and charged him with possessing an explosive device.

Reed became well-known after the explosion for his moving remarks at a memorial for first responders. But officials say Reed was let go from the West EMS team two days after the blast, and others have questioned his past.

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