UPDATE: ‘No sign of terrorist activity’ in US/Canada Rainbow Bridge explosion: Governor Hochul

Sources said the now-deceased pair in the vehicle were trying to drive toward the border crossing’s border officer building.

An explosion on the Rainbow Bridge connecting the US and Canada earlier today was initially considered to be a terror attack, but later reports indicated that while there was an explosion due to a car crash, leaving two dead, there was not a terror attack. Governor Kathy Hochul spoke at a press conference, saying "Based on what we know at this moment—and again anything can change—there is no sign of terrorist activity with respect to this crash."

The vehicle, she said, was being driven by a western New Yorker. The two in the car died, while another was injured. 

Hochul said that "It has not been determined to be an accident. You don't know whether the driver was intentional in how they drove." But in an effort to assuage public anxiety, she said she wanted to "make very clear to the public" that it was not a terror attack.

In a statement, the FBI said: "The FBI Buffalo Field Office is investigating a vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge, a border crossing between the US and Canada in Niagara Falls." 

Fox News reported that sources said that those in the vehicle were attemting to drive toward the border officer building, and the explosion was an attempted terrorist attack. This resulted in much speculation as to the nature of that attack. 

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre wrote on X, "The President has been briefed on the vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge Port of Entry. He and his team are closely following developments."

A National Security Council spokesperson told the said that "the White House is currently monitoring the situation, law enforcement is on-scene and investigating."

This story has been updated to reflect ongoing developments.
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