There is no indication of terrorism after a car exploded after crashing near a bridge connecting the United States and Canada in New York on one of the year's busiest travel days, killing two people.
The Thanksgiving Eve incident happened early Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 22 on the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls.
The explosion involved a car entering the US from Canada, according to the City of Niagara Falls.
The explosion reportedly happened when the car accelerated to around 80 miles per hour before crashing into a curb and barrier before bursting into flames as it was heading to a secondary checkpoint site after being referred there from an initial checkpoint, according to video from the scene.
The identities of the two people who died have not yet been released.
"There is no indication of terrorist involvement in the incident on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls at this time," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said early Wednesday evening.
The FBI's Buffalo Division labeled the situation "fluid," and said it's working with local, state and federal law enforcement in the investigation.
In addition to the Rainbow Bridge, three other border crossings were closed at the direction of federal authorities: the Peace, Lewiston-Queenston and the Whirlpool bridges.
Remaining international crossings are on heightened alert status but are open.
The Buffalo Airport was closed to international flights and train service between New York and Canada has been suspended by Amtrak.
The bridge connects the cities of Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
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