NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Two individuals were killed in a vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge, the border crossing between the United States and Canada over Niagara Falls on Nov 22. Law enforcement sources confirmed the fatalities, according to reports from multiple news outlets.
The identities of the victims have not been released, but they were reportedly the occupants of the vehicle that exploded.
The FBI Buffalo Field Office is leading the investigation into the incident. In a statement posted on social media, the field office stated, “The FBI Buffalo Field Office is investigating a vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge. The FBI is coordinating with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners in this investigation. As the situation unfolds, this is all the information we can provide at this time.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated that she has been briefed on the incident and reassured residents that state agencies are prepared to assist at the scene.
Additionally, Hochul announced that she will be traveling to Buffalo to meet with law enforcement and emergency responders to gain further insight into the situation.
Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the explosion.
As a result of the incident, all Western New York bridge crossings into Canada have been temporarily closed. Mark Poloncarz, the County Executive of Erie County, which is directly south of Niagara County, announced the closure in a social media post.
Further details about the explosion and the ongoing investigation are expected to be released once authorities gather more information.