FBI Investigating Vehicle Explosion At U.S.-Canada Border Crossing


Updated Nov 22, 2023, 02:00pm EST


The FBI announced it is investigating a vehicle explosion on the Rainbow Bridge—which connects the U.S. and Canada near Niagara Falls—that closed the border crossing and reportedly all other U.S.-Canada bridges over the Niagara River until further notice.

Key Facts

The Rainbow Bridge is closed in both directions as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the FBI Buffalo office is investigating the vehicle explosion at the bridge with the help of local, state and federal officers.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that she had been briefed and officials “are closely monitoring the situation” and that state agencies are “on site and ready to assist.”

Hochul said in a follow-up post that she directed the New York state police and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force “to monitor all points of entry to New York.”

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is also increasing security, according to a statement from the airport that said travelers “can expect additional screenings” and cars coming to the airport will face security checks.

Aaron Ferguson, a public information officer for the City of Niagara Falls, said in a news release that the incident involved “a vehicle coming into the United States,” according to the Buffalo News.

The incident led to the closure of the other three bridges connecting the U.S. and Canada, according to ABC News.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Further Reading

ABC NewsRainbow Bridge between US, Canada closed following explosion: Sourceswgrz.comRainbow Bridge closed until further notice

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