US authorities to launch a criminal investigation into the Texas fertilizer plant explosion
Officials to launch criminal investigation into Texas fertilizer plant explosion
Officials are set to launch a criminal investigation into a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, according to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). “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,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. It comes just after Bryce Reed, a 31-year-old paramedic in the town of West, was taken into custody by US authorities for possessing a destructive device. Officials declined to elaborate on the device or say whether the arrest was related to the explosion which killed 14 people and injured 200 others on April 17. The state fire marshal’s office says that ammonium nitrate stored at the plant detonated in the explosion but the cause but that the cause of the fire and blast are still being investigated.