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A Golf Cart Among Possible Causes Still Being Investigated In West Explosion

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State and federal officials investigating the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company say the cause is still “undetermined”.

But at an afternoon press conference they said they had ruled out a number of causes including  a fire at the plant, spontaneous ignition and one of two electrical systems . 

ATF Special Agent Robert Champion identified three other potential causes still being investigated: a 120 volt electrical system; a golf cart ; or an intentionally set fire.

Authorities say this is still considered a criminal investigation

They acknowledged the West paramedic who was indicted this week for having materials used in making a pipe bomb.  Attorneys for Bryce Reed, 31, say he’s innocent, but officials today refused to comment on whether Reed was involved in the explosion.

The golf cart mentioned as a possible cause may have had an electrical problem that ignited the first of two explosions that packed the power of up to 20,000 pounds of TNT.

Former KERA staffer Shelley Kofler was news director, managing editor and senior reporter. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who previously served as the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.