Governor States Blast Killing 2 at US-Canada Border in Niagara Falls Not Linked to Terrorism

Two adults perished as a result of a vehicle detonation on the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls. It has been clarified by the FBI that the fiery incident transpired mere minutes prior to 11:30 a.m. There was no connection to terrorism or explosives on Wednesday.

Officials stated that the car was on the US side of the border when it crashed at high speed, caught fire, and subsequently exploded. 

This contradicts earlier reports suggesting the vehicle had come from Canada.

In a news conference on Wednesday evening, Governor Kathy Hochul of New York described the scene as “absolutely surreal” and detailed how the car, traveling at an “extraordinarily high rate of speed,” went airborne and crashed into a border crossing booth. 

The governor emphasized that there were no indications of terrorism.

Witness Rickie Wilson from Gray Line Tours recounted his disbelief at seeing the vehicle soaring through the air, estimating it to have been 10 to 15 feet off the ground.

“It was up there,” Wilson told NBC affiliate WHEC of Rochester, indicating the extraordinary nature of the incident.

One of the casualties was identified as being from western New York. The Niagara Falls Police Department is withholding the identities pending notification of relatives.

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No Terrorism Connection Found

Two adults perished as a result of a vehicle detonation on the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls.

The department also acknowledged the assistance of local business partners, including the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, where the vehicle reportedly stopped shortly before the crash.

A Customs and Border Protection employee sustained minor injuries during the incident, having been protected by the booth they were working in, as per Governor Hochul. She described the vehicle as “basically incinerated,” with its remnants scattered across multiple booths.

The incident led to heightened security measures across the region. All western New York bridge crossings into the US were temporarily shut down, though they were later reopened. 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced increased security in the city due to the holiday, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority heightened security system wide.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport Travelers faced additional screenings, and Amtrak modified its Maple Leaf Train service due to the incident.

The investigation, now handed over to the Niagara Falls Police Department as a traffic case, continues to unravel the cause behind this tragic and unusual event that caused widespread concern and disruption during a major US holiday.

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