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Sheriff's Office: No evidence linking destructive device arrest to West explosion


UPDATE:  Sources told News Channel 25 again Friday evening there is no known connection between the arrest of Bryce Ashley Reed and the West Fertilizer Company fire and explosion.  There is also no evidence that indicates the tragic incident was anything other than an accident.

WACO - McLennan County Sheriff's Office says there is no evidence linking the arrest of a West man to the West fertilizer explosion. A.T.F. agents arrested 31-year-old Bryce Ashley Reed for unlawfully possessing an unregistered destructive device.

The McLennan County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, "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 by the A.T.F."

According to the criminal complaint filed by federal authorities, deputies from McLennan County Sheriff's Office discovered an assortment of bomb making components at a residence in Abbott.

MORE: Click link to view full criminal complaint against Bryce Reed

Components included a galvanized metal pipe, two galvanized end caps, canisters containing an unknown amount of hobby fuse, a lighter, digital scale, plastic spoon, six coils of metal ribbon and several pounds of chemical powders in individual bags.

The complaint accuses Reed of giving the components to the resident on April 26.

Reed was arrested Thursday afternoon, and he was booked into McLennan County Jail at 2:40 a.m. Friday morning. U.S. Marshals picked him up from the jail at 7:42 a.m.

Reed made an appearance before U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske Friday morning. Federal prosecutors say Reed did not enter a plea when he made his court appearance.

A detention hearing has been set for Reed next Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Judge Manske's court. Upon conviction, Reed faces up to ten years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

Reed is an EMT worker in West. He delivered the eulogy for fallen first responder Cyrus Reed. On Bryce Reed's Facebook page he referred to Cyrus Reed as his brother.

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