Headline RoundupNovember 23rd, 2023

Vehicle Explodes on Niagara Rainbow Bridge Crossing, FBI Says No Sign of Terrorism

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A speeding vehicle went airborne and exploded on the Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge border crossing on Wednesday, sparking terror concerns.

The Details: The two people in the vehicle were killed in the explosion, but no additional deaths were sustained. Several area border crossings were temporarily closed as the FBI investigated, but the bureau found no sign of terrorism.

For Context: The incident comes at a time of heightened security concerns around the world due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Key Quotes: Witness, Mike Guenther, said, “He was flying, over 100 miles an hour. It was a ball of fire, 30 or 40 feet high, never seen anything like it.” New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, called the scene “absolutely surreal,” and said, “When you see this video, your jaw will drop in disbelief at how this went so high, over an 8-foot-high fence.”

Media Accounts: National Review (Lean Right bias) highlighted that Fox News (Right bias) initially reported an anonymous source as saying there was a high probability that the incident was “an attempted terrorist attack.” Reuters (Center bias) included context on currently heightened security concerns, and that CNN (Lean Left bias) reported the victims were a married couple driving to Toronto to see rock band KISS. NBC News (Lean Left bias) said officials have said the car was on the U.S. side of the border when it crashed, despite some early reports suggesting it came from Canada.

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