Breaking: All Western New York borders closed after car explodes at Rainbow Bridge border crossing

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Screen shot of video of the explosion on Rainbow Bridge at the Canadian border on Nov. 22, 2023.

Rainbow Bridge, which spans Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, closed shortly after noon Wednesday after a car explosion on the USA side of the border with Canada.

All other bridges in the Western New York area, including Lewiston-Queenston, Whirlpool, and Peace Bridge in Buffalo, were shut down about an hour later. The Buffalo International Airport was closed to flights to and from Canada.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating what was a fiery explosion, but which is being referred to as an “incident,” as of this writing. The explosion happened on what is one of the busiest travel days of the year and was in a vehicle coming into the United States.

2:20 pm Update: Eye witnesses say the vehicle rammed a concrete barrier at a high rate of speed and exploded. All other bridges in the area are now open except the Rainbow Bridge crossing.

“The FBI Buffalo Field Office is investigating a vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge, a border crossing between the U.S. and Canada in Niagara Falls. The FBI is coordinating with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in this investigation. As this situation is very fluid, that’s all we can say at this time,” the FBI said in a statement.

Fox News reports that the explosion was an “attempted terrorist attack” according to “high-level police sources.

A source with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be identified by name, told The Buffalo News that “a vehicle approached the American side of the bridge at a high rate of speed while traveling in the wrong lane – the one in which vehicles from Canada would be entering the U.S. The speeding vehicle then hit an obstacle near a U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection booth.”

Explosives were in the vehicle at the time and two people who were in the car are dead, the sources told Fox News. A border officer was injured and taken to a local hospital, where he has been released.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, on advice of law enforcement, has closed its facilities through the holidays.

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    • Crazy, right? All of the quick to jump to unfounded conclusions that fit the predetermined narrative and prove to be exceptionally wrong. Kind of like the 2020 election…gee, wasn’t it you TMA that said it would be the left-wing media would be spreading misinformation? I mean expect Jefferson to say something over the top.

  1. Nothing to see here, folks — just another virtue-signaling battery vehicle meeting its predictable demise.

    All the fish in the Niagara river are now dead, unfortunately, due to lithium poisoning.

  2. Two bets:

    1-the media blames right wing white supremacy loving MAGA hat wearing people.

    2- the people behind this are either deranged leftist or supporting the “religion of peace”

    • Those were my first two thoughts as well. The media has conditioned any thinking person to first question the media and anything they say because they’ve been so busy pushing the narrative they try to make everything fit it instead of reporting what actually happened.

    • Even if the perps were supporters of the “religion of peace” (and mostly *because* they might be supporters of the “religion of peace”), the right wing white supremacy loving MAGA hat wearing people will be clearly responsible for making supporters of the “religion of peace” to want to blow people up.

  3. Thanks for letting the terrorists into our country Joe Biden ……..you old demented, perverted, criminal ……and illegitimate occupier of the White House.

  4. Obviously, the FBI will be taking groups of parents protesting school transgender indoctrination programs into custody for questioning. Seems logical.

    • Yes the federal Bureau of incompetence will be all over this like a fly on poop but wait they are still trying to find the coke owner.

  5. Potential new info regarding if it’s terrorism.

    Probably best to take deep breath and see what comes next.

  6. Well. Maybe this will go into opening peoples eyes the trouble America is facing within her own borders. . . Because of generations of Americans (boomers, GenX, millennials, and GenZ) insist we know better than to God. Do we really? One look around should tell one our vision is one sided and we don’t know how to live around one another without love for God residing inside.

  7. Oh looks like it was an American who lost control on thier car. Betting it was a boomer who confused the gas pedal with the brake.

  8. Could be an inside set up to terrorize the Citizens so as to knuckle under and toe the Government line just like the Covid Scam!! Buckle up and hold on.

  9. REMEMBER–this is taking place on the eve of the hostage negotiations/cease fire. Well timed; the strategy making it a bit more obvious. This is a political statement. There were two persons in the vehicle, and we know those who embrace a certain religion/philosophy have no problem dying for their cause. Was it a distraction so something else can occur in another location while all the resources are in this area? I heard other reports (non-MSM) warning people to be cautious as there may be an attack planned for Macy’s parade. Lots of travel on a holiday interrupted by this car bomb. Fox reports now that it’s not terror? Hmmmm.

    • Kathy, for the record, people of our culture have also demonstrated a willingness to “die for their cause.” Since its beginning, 2,852,901 American men have suffered casualties fighting for their country…. including 666,441 deaths. Muslims have no franchise on sacrifice. (ref: Wikipedia).

  10. I don’t trust media any more from my side . Fox is reporting is also huge red flag . The only way that folks on the left would trust the news is if they blamed MAGA . Probably just a terrible accident .

  11. What is the government hiding from us now as this is just a misdirection play?
    Let’s talk about hunters laptop, Biden crime, family, and lying Congress to start.

  12. A sentence from the article quotes an official saying, “a vehicle approached the American side of the bridge at a high rate of speed while traveling in the wrong lane – the one in which vehicles from Canada would be entering the U.S.” Professional journalists usually edit text to avoid printing confusing nonsense.

  13. I hope all of these commenters take a pause and learn from this. Their wanted, almost hoped for narrative didn’t happen after all.

  14. One of the men that witnessed it said the car came from the American side driving at a high rate of speed the wrong way into the American entrance side for Canada. The vehicle went airborne around 10-15 feet in the air he figures. He said some other guys said they saw the same car circling around a couple-three times on the American side before it drove into the border crossing, hitting a curb, flying into the air and exploding.

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