Bryce Ashley Reed, a volunteer EMS worker in West, Texas that even delivered a eulogy for explosion victim, Cyrus Reed, was arrested for possession of a destructive device.
Bryce Reed, 31, was arrested Thursday morning and shortly afterwards the Texas Rangers announced they have opened a criminal investigation into the horrific West, Texas explosion that took the lives of 15 people.
Reed, 31, was in possession of bomb making materials and appeared in federal court in Waco on Friday. Court documents detailing his arrest were sealed.
Bryce Ashley Reed was very close to Cyrus Reed, a volunteer firefighter who died in the fertilizer plant explosion in April. April.
He even took part in the memorial service for the fallen heroes:
Cyrus Reed was just one of many that lost their lives that day, affecting families and friends in the small town.
The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers have launched a criminal investigation into the plant explosion.
Authorities previously stated the deadly blast in West was not a criminal act or an act of terrorism. In fact, many attempted to point the finger of blame on the owner of the fertilizer plant. Many others came to the defense of the kind, elderly gentleman.
Texas DPS director said, “This disaster has severely impacted the community of West and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered.”
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara adds, “The citizens of McLennan County and Texas must have confidence that this incident has been looked at from every angle and professionally handled — they deserve nothing less.”
Check out Bryce Ashley Reed’s Facebook page. It’s sad but seems many evil people use religion as a cover-up to their evil deeds.
During the April 25 memorial in Waco, Reed gave a previously recorded eulogy for Cyrus Reed, his close friend who was killed trying to battle the raging fire.
The fertilizer explosion registered as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake, felt up to 30 miles away.
There were 15 victims of the devastating blast and around 140 homes were destroyed.
Volunteers and firefighters including William “Buck” Uptmor Jr., 45, Cyrus Reed, 29, brothers Doug and Robert Snokhous, Cody Dragoo,Jerry Chapman, 26, Joey Pustejousky, 29, Kenneth “Lucky” Harris, 52, Perry Calvin, 37, and Jimmy Matus, 52, all perished trying to help others.
Many people are shocked to learn Bryce Ashley Reed was arrested, even claiming it’s a conspiracy. We’re certain no one wants to believe people are capable of such evil.
The pipe bomb components were found Tuesday at the home of an Abbott resident who “had unwittingly taken possession of the components from Reed on April 26”.
The components included a 3.5-inch by 1.5-inch length of galvanized pipe with end caps, with an a 1/8th-inch hole. There was also a hobby fuse, lighter, plastic spoon, digital scale, coils of metal ribbon, and several pounds of chemicals including potassium nitrate, potassium perchlorate, sulfur power, air float charcoal and aluminum power.
The ATF said the components could “be readily assembled into a destructive device”
ATF agents arrested Reed late Thursday afternoon in West and he was booked into the McLennan County Jail at around 2 a.m. Friday.
In a press release, federal prosecutors stated, “Authorities will not speculate whether the possession of the unregistered destructive device has any connection to the West fertilizer plant explosion on April 17.”
Local authorities said there’s no evidence linking Reed to the April 17 blast.
“It is important to emphasize that at this point, no evidence has been uncovered to indicate any connection to the events surrounding the fire and subsequent explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant and the arrest of Bryce Reed,” a press release from the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office said.
This town has suffered enough heartache. Let’s hope this is all part of the investigation and that Bryce Reed had nothing to do with fatal explosion.
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