wagswoofs (USA) – According to local authorities and the FBI, a vehicle explosion has resulted in the closure of the Rainbow Bridge that connects the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls, New York.
ABC News has received confirmation from multiple officials that there have been fatalities resulting from the incident.
According to sources from Canadian officials, the car did not come from the Canadian side of the border. The investigation is ongoing to determine the route taken by the vehicle, but it seems that the incident occurred solely on the U.S. side of the bridge.
Sources who were briefed on the investigation have revealed that surveillance footage depicted the vehicle coming to a halt at a primary security checkpoint. Afterward, the vehicle was directed towards a secondary security checkpoint. However, at this juncture, the vehicle accelerated and collided into the secondary screening station.
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It remains unclear what exactly prompted the initial security stop, as well as what led to the explosion that occurred.
According to sources, a suitcase or briefcase has been discovered at the scene by investigators. As a precautionary measure, it is being treated as a potential explosive device, and the bomb squad is currently handling the package.
According to Ron Rienas, the General Manager of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, all four bridges connecting Canada and the United States over the Niagara River have been closed as a precautionary measure during the ongoing investigation of the Rainbow Bridge.
Governor Kathy Hochul of New York has stated that the New York State Police is currently working in collaboration with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to ensure that all entry points to New York are being closely monitored. She has indicated that she will be heading to Buffalo to meet with law enforcement and emergency responders and will provide updates to New Yorkers as more information becomes available.
Travelers using the Buffalo Niagara International Airport can expect increased security measures in the coming days. The airport has announced that it will be implementing car checks and additional screenings for passengers.
The White House has informed that President Joe Biden has been briefed on the explosion and is closely monitoring the situation.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized the seriousness of the situation and the urgency to gather answers. “We are taking this extraordinarily seriously and are following up to obtain as many answers as quickly as possible,” he stated. Furthermore, additional measures are being considered and implemented at all border crossings throughout the country.
The police department in Toronto has announced that they will be increasing patrols as a precautionary measure.
Mayor Eric Adams of New York City is closely monitoring the incident as well.
According to Adams, Thanksgiving security in New York City has already been improved with increased measures at various locations, including entry and exit points. The public can expect to see heightened security during the holiday season.