Border Crossing Between US and Canada Closed After Vehicle Explosion on Bridge Near Niagara Falls, 2 Suspects Dead

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    Law enforcement personnel block off the entrance to the Rainbow Bridge, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The border crossing between the U.S. and Canada has been closed after a vehicle exploded at a checkpoint on a bridge near Niagara Falls. The FBI's field office in Buffalo said in a statement that it was investigating the explosion on the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the two countries across the Niagara River. (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A vehicle exploded at a checkpoint on the American side of a U.S.-Canada bridge in Niagara Falls Wednesday, leaving two people dead and prompting the closing of four border crossings in the area, authorities said.

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    There was no immediate information the cause of the explosion, but it raised concerns on both sides of the border. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said officials were “taking this extraordinary seriously,” and the White House said President Joe Biden was “closely following developments.”

    The two deceased people were in the vehicle, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official was not authorized to discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.


    “This is obviously a very serious situation in Niagara Falls,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Parliament, before he excused himself from Question Period in the House of Commons to be briefed further.

    The blast happened on the U.S. side of the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the two countries across the Niagara River. Three other bridges between western New York and Ontario were quickly closed as a precaution, and the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport began security checks on all cars and told passengers to expect additional screenings.

    Trudeau said that “additional measures” were being contemplated and activated at border crossings across Canada.

    The FBI’s field office in Buffalo said in a statement that it was investigating the blast, and investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also responding to the scene.

    Photos and video taken by bystanders and posted on social media showed thick smoke, flames on the pavement and a security booth that had been singed by flames.

    Videos showed that the fire was in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection area just east of the main vehicle checkpoint.

    Speaking to WGRZ-TV, Mike Guenther said he saw a vehicle speeding toward the crossing from the U.S. side of the border when it swerved to avoid another car, crashed into a fence and exploded.

    “All of a sudden he went up in the air and then it was a ball of fire like 30 or 40 feet high,” Guenther told the station. “I never saw anything like it.”

    From inside Niagara Falls State Park, Melissa Raffalow said she saw “a huge plume of black smoke” rise up over the border crossing, roughly 50 yards (45 meters) away from the popular tourist destination.

    “We didn’t hear the explosion because the falls were too loud,” Raffalow told The Associated Press in a message. Police arrived soon after, urging visitors to disperse as they began cordoning off the street.

    U.S. Attorney General Attorney General Merrick Garland and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul had been briefed on the situation, their offices said.

    The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission reported that all four of its crossings — the others are Lewiston, Whirlpool and Peace Bridge — were closed.

    About 6,000 vehicles cross the Rainbow Bridge each day, according to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inventory. About 5% is truck traffic, according to the federal data.

    The bridge, constructed in 1941, is just over 1,440 feet (439 meters) long and has a main span constructed of steel, according to the data.

    The others are Lewiston, Whirlpool and Peace Bridge. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission reports all four crossings are closed.


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    NYorker
    NYorker
    3 months ago

    Gaza Health officials confirmed, 5000 Palestinians died at the USA Canada border by the attack

    Bef
    Bef
    3 months ago

    This what happens when u have open borders it should send a huge wake up call to Biden . We all know the fact the terror is here in us soil . Its question golf when .

    lipale
    lipale
    3 months ago

    looks like Hamas TERRORISTS fled Gaza to the US – thank you Mr. Biden for supporting them

    Lgb
    Lgb
    3 months ago

    I’ll wait to see, but is anyone surprised?

    Lgb
    Lgb
    3 months ago

    I wonder who did this? #sarcasm

    See@yahoo.com
    3 months ago

    In the twisted woke minds ,it’s probably the Mosad ..like Abas of the PA said that Oct 7 was done by Israel

    Moishe
    Moishe
    3 months ago

    Nothing is known yet about who was in the car or if there were explosives involved yet numerous comments have been made here with no facts. Within a few hours details of what happened and who was involved will be know.
    It could have been an accident or a suicide.

    Bugsy Siegel
    Bugsy Siegel
    3 months ago

    AP refusing to call it a terrorist act.

    anonymous
    anonymous
    3 months ago

    The same Canada that used to give us a very difficult time at the border at the beginning of Elul Zman with student visas

    Moishe
    Moishe
    3 months ago

    According the authorities I was correct. This was not a terror attack but a couple on a 2022 Bentley Coupe, a car capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph.

    zumy
    zumy
    3 months ago

    Wild guess. the parties dead endorse Hamas

    Yitzy
    Yitzy
    3 months ago

    Maybe it was.done by the American Indians, so the killing would be just part of their resistance movement and we would now need to give them back land and free prisioners..
    This is the crazy world that we live in..

    Let them fight each other
    Let them fight each other
    3 months ago

    We all know what’s coming. After such a devastating attack on the jewish People have only Justice will be served.. all our enemies will kill themselves?

    JFK Jr
    JFK Jr
    3 months ago

    Dearborn mi very close

    JFK Jr
    JFK Jr
    3 months ago

    Names of dead?

    Jj friedman
    Jj friedman
    3 months ago

    As I write this the NY Governor said, “At this trial me there is no question indications that is was a terrorist action.

    Really now ???
    Really now ???
    3 months ago

    Hochul & others are lying.
    The original report is that a speeding car loaded with explosives, blasted and 2 occupants are unrecognizable . Just a battery now ??

    The good news is that
    The good news is that
    3 months ago

    All Canadians are fully vaccinated