Ex-EMT in Texas blast indicted on firearm charge

Associated Press

WACO, Texas (AP) — A first responder who helped evacuate victims of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant has been indicted on a federal firearm charge.

A grand jury indicted Bryce Ashley Reed for possession of an unregistered firearm on Tuesday. He is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

Attorney Jonathan Sibley says Reed intends to plead not guilty.

Reed was among emergency crews that responded to a massive fire and explosion last month in the small town of West, which left at least 14 people dead. Officials say Reed lost his job in the days following the explosion and county authorities initially charged him with possession of an explosive device. Sibley says the allegations against Reed remain the same.

Authorities have not accused Reed of wrongdoing in the April 17 explosion.

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