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May 10, 2013 2:54 PM by Associated Press

West Paramedic Arrested for Possessing Explosive Device

WACO, Texas (AP) - A Texas paramedic who helped evacuate people on the night of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West has been arrested and charged with possessing a destructive device.

It's not clear whether the charge is related to the fire or the explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. last month that killed 14 people.

Federal prosecutors say paramedic Bryce Reed did not enter a plea when he made his initial court appearance in federal court Friday in Waco. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Frazier would not release further details.

A fire erupted at the plant April 17 and a massive explosion rocked the town of West about 20 minutes later.

Investigators have largely treated the incident as an industrial accident. But Texas law enforcement officials also launched a criminal investigation Friday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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