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A vehicle explodes on the border bridge Rainbow, at Niagara Falls

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The Rainbow Border Bridge in Niagara Falls is closed due to an explosion.


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

Photos and videos taken by news outlets and posted on social media showed a safety cabin engulfed in flames.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), all four cross-border bridges between the Niagara region and Western New York are closed to motorists.

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Debris on the ground at U.S. Rainbow Bridge border control in Niagara Falls.

OPP says it is closing Highway 405 , in the Niagara region, as is the Lewiston–Queenston Bridge, north of Niagara Falls.

Major problems are currently occurring at the US borders of Niagara, explains Officer Kerry Schmidt, spokesperson for the OPP.

According to Niagara Regional Police, the incident took place on the American side of the Rainbow Bridge. She adds that there is no threat from the Canadian side of the border.

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

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office claims to be 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.

The Prime Minister excused himself from question period Wednesday to get more information about the situation.

On the X Network , Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he is aware of the incident.

The Governor of the State of New York's Kathy Hochul says in a statement that she has asked state police to work with the FBI's Terrorism Task Force to monitor all ports of entry into the state.

The governor says she is on her way to Buffalo to meet with first responders.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was briefed on the situation by his national security and intelligence advisor, his office said in a statement.

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