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The attorney representing Bryce Ashley Reed says his client will plead not guilty to a federal charge of possessing an explosive device.

Reed, a West, Texas paramedic, was arrested in May, weeks after the deadly explosion at West Fertilizer Co. According to an affidavit, Reed admitted to possessing the components of a pipe bomb. He apparently handed over the ingredients—chemical powders, a fuse, a lighter, a digital scale and other items—to an acquaintance.

Reed responded to the explosion on April 17, 2013 at West Fertilizer Co., which killed 15 people and left hundreds more wounded. The massive explosion also damaged or destroyed 140 homes, an apartment complex, two schools, a retirement center, and various local businesses.

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