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May 10, 2013

Texas Rangers announce criminal investigation into West explosion

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw Friday directed the Texas Rangers to join McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in launching a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in West, Texas, on April 17.

“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,” said Director McCraw.

“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,” said Sheriff McNamara.

No further information regarding this ongoing investigation will be released at this time.

Three weeks after the disaster in West, DPS Division of Emergency Management officials also continue to work with local, state and federal partners to assess the damages and facilitate recovery assistance to the victims in the community.

Friday's announcement comes after news of the arrest of a former West EMS volunteer on charges of possession of a "destructive" device. Bryce Reed was arrested Thursday and is to appear before a federal magistrate Friday.

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