NPR : News

Filed Under:

Officials Aren't Linking Man's Arrest To Texas Explosion

Saturday's reports about the arrest of a former emergency services volunteer in the town of West, Texas, indicate the story has not moved much from where we left things on Friday:

-- "Federal authorities said they wouldn't speculate on whether the case has any ties to the deadly blast at the West fertilizer plant, but officials with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office stressed in a news release that 'no evidence has been uncovered to indicate any connection to the events surrounding the fire and subsequent explosion . . . and the arrest of Bryce Reed by the ATF.' " (Waco Tribune)

-- "Federal bomb possession charges against a paramedic Friday spurred a new state and local criminal investigation into the deadly fertilizer plant fire and explosion. But authorities said there weren't yet any indications of a connection between the blast and the arrest of a man who responded to it." (Dallas Morning News)

-- "Reed, meanwhile, was in federal custody. A criminal complaint unsealed Friday afternoon said he was arrested after McLennan County deputies were called earlier this week to a home in Abbott, a town about five miles from West, and found bomb-making materials — including a galvanized metal pipe, canisters filled with fuses, a lighter, a digital scale and a variety of chemical powders. 'After further investigation, it was determined that the resident had unwittingly taken possession of the components from Reed on April 26,' says the complaint signed by ATF special agent Douglas Kunze." (The Associated Press)

The April 17 fertilizer plant explosion in West, a small community near Waco, caused 15 deaths and devastated the town.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

In New Neapolitan Novel, Fans Seek Clues About Mysterious Author's Past

Elena Ferrante is the pen name of an anonymous Italian author. Very little is known about her, but Ferrante's books — widely believed to be a thinly veiled autobiography — have achieved cult status.
NPR

For Centuries, People Have Searched For Answers In The Bottom Of A Tea Cup

The practice of reading tea leaves had its heyday during Victorian times, when fascination with the occult and self-analysis thrived. It was safer than other forms of divination and persists today.
NPR

Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court Ruling In Denying Marriage Licenses

A county clerk in Kentucky refused to issue any marriage licenses Tuesday, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that compelled her to issue licenses to same-sex couples.
WAMU 88.5

Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation" (Rebroadcast)

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.