In light of an explosion today at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls of an undetermined nature, Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. would like to remind citizens to be conscious of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity immediately to local law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1.
For those that haven't heard the news, two people died, and a Border Patrol officer was injured when a vehicle exploded Wednesday at the Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge border crossing between the United States and Canada, according to a New York Times article.
The FBI is investigating the incident.
The article cited two American law enforcement officials "with knowledge of the matter."
The cause of the explosion, its precise location and the direction that the vehicle had been traveling were not immediately clear, the article stated. A video from the scene showed what appeared to be an inspection booth at the bridge, with smoke billowing out of the top and debris surrounding it.
At the request of American officials, all four bridges between Canada and the United States in the Niagara area had been closed, including the Rainbow Bridge, Peace Bridge, Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and Whirlpool Bridge, said Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s public safety minister.
“This is a rapidly changing situation,” Mr. LeBlanc told reporters, the article stated. “All measures are being taken to ensure that people will be safe.”
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