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American police officers at the scene of an explosion that closed the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, New York.

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The FBI is investigating a vehicle explosion that killed two people on the Rainbow Bridge between the United States and Canada.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">There is currently no indication that the explosion of the vehicle on the bridge was terrorist in nature, said New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, late Wednesday afternoon.

According to the governor, the accident took place around 11:30 a.m.

According to the Niagara Regional Police, the facts took place on the American side of the Rainbow Bridge. The police service added that there was no threat from the Canadian side of the border.

Three of the four cross-border bridges between the Niagara region and Western New York, with the exception of the Rainbow Bridge, reopened late in the day after being closed to motorists for several hours. p>

Photos and videos taken by news outlets and posted on social media first showed a security cabin engulfed in flames. /p>

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The federal Minister of Public Safety, Dominic LeBlanc, stressed at a press briefing that this was a serious and that he would be in touch with US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas later on Wednesday.

Ottawa could not confirm whether the event was intentional or not. A government source told Radio-Canada that the information was unclear, and that it could be a freak accident.

The Canadian government believes that the car most likely arrived from the United States, according to Radio-Canada sources.

The explosion caused damage to the US border building Rainbow Bridge.

The FBI is coordinating with local, state and federal partners in this investigation. As the situation is very fluctuating, that's all we can say for now, said the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office said it was in contact with American authorities. The Minister of Public Safety, the RCMP and the CBSA are fully engaged and providing the necessary support, explains press secretary Jenna Ghassabeh.

Prime Minister Trudeau excused himself from Question Period on Wednesday to get more information about the situation.

On Network X, Ontario Premier Doug Ford indicated he was aware of the incident. White House spokesperson Pierre said President Joe Biden had also been briefed on the situation.

A spokesperson for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center said by email that a U.S. customs officer injured in the explosion was treated at the hospital. The patient has already been discharged.

Governor Hochul said in a statement that she has asked the state police to work with the FBI Terrorism Task Force to monitor all ports of entry into the state.

In an interview with CBC, University of Michigan professor Javed Ali, a former analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, clarified that each FBI field office has such a task force that includes FBI agents and local police.

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Two Niagara police cars block access to the Rainbow Bridge on the Canadian side

Two Niagara police cars Niagara block access to the Rainbow Bridge on the Canadian side

Photo album: Explosion on the Rainbow Bridge

New York City police officers were also dispatched in Buffalo.

Buffalo Airport has implemented increased security measures due to the accident, but it remains open.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116