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FBI investigating after vehicle explosion leaves multiple people dead at New York border crossing

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Federal authorities have responded to a vehicle explosion at a New York border crossing on Wednesday.

The Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, New York, to Canada, is closed on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 22, for a vehicle explosion.

Officials say that a car exploded shortly before noon while crossing from Canada into the U.S.

The car was reportedly headed to a secondary search area when the explosion occurred.

Multiple people have been reported dead, ABC 7 reports.

The FBI is investigating and issued the following statement:

“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 Federal Bureau of Investigations Joint Terrorism Task Force is monitoring points of entry into New York.

Officials have closed both directions of the Rainbow Bridge until further notice.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says that the Fort Erie Peace Bridge is also closed in both directions and that Highway 405 and the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge will be closed.

This is a developing story.

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