Media-Savvy Paramedic Facing Explosives Charges

By: AP
By: AP

WEST, Texas (AP) -- Days after a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, a volunteer paramedic gathered displaced families who'd taken shelter at a local hotel.

Bryce Reed was wearing a shirt emblazoned with "West EMS" as he told the crowd they were safe and described what he said was going on at the plant. He also spoke at length with news media as other emergency responders shied away.

But on Friday, questions surfaced about whether Reed was still a member of the small town's EMS team at the time. He also was charged with possessing bomb-making materials, though authorities stressed they haven't linked Reed to the explosion that killed 14 people in West.

Still, his arrest is garnering attention because he was one of the town's most outspoken residents after the blast.


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