Niagara border crossings reopen after explosion, Rainbow Bridge remains closed


Published November 22, 2023 at 7:21 pm

An explosion on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls shut down all border crossings in the area for several hours. (Photo: Via Kyle Taylor)

After an explosion on the Rainbow Bridge— closing traffic to and from the U.S. and three other Niagara region border crossings, police say efforts are underway to resume operations at the US-Canada border.

On Wednesday (Nov. 22) at approximately 6:20 p.m., Niagara Regional Police say, initiatives are in progress to reopen  Peace Bridge, Whirlpool Bridge, and the Queenston – Lewiston Bridge.

However, authorities have no specific timeline for when they anticipate the reopening of the Rainbow Bridge.

According to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, the Fort Erie and Peace Bridge have now opened to motorists and the traffic on the QEW is beginning to flow.

Highway 405 is  also in the process of reopening along with the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and Whirlpool Bridge.

Investigators say, the Canadian side of the Niagara border is currently not under any known threat, and the Niagara Regional Police Service has had minimal involvement in the situation.

On the U.S. front, the New York State Governor, through X (formerly Twitter), affirmed alongside the New York Police that there is currently no indication of terrorist involvement with the incident on Rainbow Bridge.

For additional information, media representatives may consider reaching out to the Canada Border Services Agency or US law enforcement officials as the situation develops.

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