A vehicle exploded on the bridge connecting the US with Canada near Niagara Falls. The FBI said that an investigation into the matter was ongoing, Reuters reported. According to police sources quoted by Fox News, the vehicle was filled with explosives.
As a witness told NBC television, the car was approaching the border from the American side at high speed, hit the fence at the border crossing, jumped up and exploded. According to police sources quoted by Fox News, the vehicle was filled with explosives.
Two people are dead
Fox News sources cited by Reuters also indicate that two people in the vehicle were killed and one border guard officer was injured.
New York state authorities are closely monitoring the Rainbow Bridge incident and state agencies are on the scene, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on the X platform on Wednesday.
Doug Ford, the Prime Minister of the Canadian province of Ontario, announced on the X platform that Canadian law enforcement agencies were also “actively engaged in assessing the situation.”
Explosion on a bridge connecting the USA and Canada
According to Reuters, local media reported that all four international border crossings in western New York were closed on Wednesday.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau he talked about it with intelligence and advisers. “This is a very serious situation,” Trudeau said in the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon. “We are in contact with the US administration. The Minister of Public Security, the RCMP (federal police – ed.) and the CBSA (border services – ed.) are fully engaged and providing the necessary support – the prime minister’s office said in a statement quoted in Canadian media.
Agencies responsible for security in Canada currently assume that “the Rainbow Bridge incident is related to terrorist activity.” A meeting on this matter is underway and it is being determined whether it is an isolated incident, CTV News reported.
As the BBC notes, the incident occurred on Rainbow Bridge the day before Thanksgiving USAon one of the busiest days of the year.
Offices “closed and evacuated”, the White House is monitoring the situation
As New York State Member of Parliament Michael Novakhov announced on Facebook, all local government offices in the Buffalo area and the border have been “closed and evacuated.”
CNN reported that all cars arriving at the Buffalo airport near the Canadian border are subject to strict inspections. According to the station, every car entering the Buffalo airport is checked by police dogs trained to detect explosives, and passengers are subject to additional inspections.
“We are being extremely cautious, but the airport is operational,” Kelly Khatib, spokeswoman for the local transportation agency, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, told the television station.
The White House said the president had been informed about the explosion. He and his team are monitoring the situation.
Main photo source: Reuters