Extra police sent to Pearson Airport in Mississauga after explosion rocks Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls

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Published November 22, 2023 at 4:17 pm

Extra Peel police officers at Pearson Airport in Mississauga after Rainbow Bridge explosion.

Police presence is being beefed up at Pearson Airport in Mississauga this afternoon in the wake of a deadly vehicle explosion earlier today on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls that’s being investigated by law enforcement in both Canada and the U.S. as a possible terror-related incident.

In a statement on social media late this afternoon, Peel Regional Police said they are “aware of the incident at Rainbow Bridge. We are monitoring the situation, are in contact with our partners and have deployed additional officers to Pearson Airport.”

According to reports, medical officials have confirmed that two people were killed after a vehicle exploded on the U.S. side of the popular Rainbow Bridge at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The incident has forced the closure of the Rainbow Bridge, both into and out of Canada, as well as closures at the three other Niagara-area border crossings with the U.S. as a precaution.

Numerous law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border, including the FBI and OPP, are investigating.

There’s no confirmation that the explosion is terror-related, but that is a consideration by police at this time.

Authorities have not ruled out the incident may have been caused by something else, including a reckless driver.

In New York State, officials there have also taken precautions at all major entry points to the country, including airports.

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