After initial reporting claimed the Niagara Falls blast was an ‘attempted terrorist attack,’ the latest reports reveal a completely different story.
“The vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing in NY was an attempted terror attack w/ a vehicle full of explosives. Two men in car dead. I’m awaiting a response from CBP,” Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin wrote in a now-deleted X post.
Fox News walked back its reporting of the explosion being an ‘attempted terrorist attack.’
“We told you earlier there was an explosion because there were explosives in the car and now authorities are apparently walking that back,” Fox News reported.
There you have it… after spending the past few hours claiming that the car was filled with explosives, Fox starts walking it back pic.twitter.com/fUSx1y6Ovn
— Acyn (@Acyn) November 22, 2023
“Have been checking with every border contact I have for info on the car explosion at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing today. Bottom line – too much conflicting info right now regarding what led up to the incident/how it happened. Nothing concrete I can confidently report yet,” Melugin said.
Have been checking with every border contact I have for info on the car explosion at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing today.
Bottom line – too much conflicting info right now regarding what led up to the incident/how it happened. Nothing concrete I can confidently report yet.
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) November 22, 2023
However, CNN reported later Wednesday evening it appeared to be a terrible accident.
According to reports, a 56-year-old man who lived in an upscale area intended to go to a Kiss concert and was driving a $300,000 Bentley with his wife.
CNN is reporting that the driver of the vehicle that Fox claimed was full of explosives was a 56-year-old man who lived in a very upscale area that had intended to go to the kiss concert.. he was driving a $300k Bentley with his wife. CNN says it loos like a terrible accident pic.twitter.com/CPlLuRk2TQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) November 22, 2023
Here’s additional footage of the car going airborne and crashing at the Rainbow Bridge Crossing checkpoint:
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) November 22, 2023
Whether this was a horrific accident, reckless driving, or more to the story that’s not being disclosed, the FBI has put a lid on its investigation.
“FBI Buffalo has concluded our investigation at the scene of the Rainbow Bridge incident. A search of the scene revealed no explosive materials, and no terrorism nexus was identified. The matter has been turned over to the Niagara Falls Police Department as a traffic investigation,” FBI Buffalo said in a statement.
— FBI Buffalo (@FBIBuffalo) November 23, 2023
The New York Post reports:
A speeding car crashed and exploded on a Niagara Falls bridge connecting the US and Canada Wednesday — killing the driver and his passenger in a fear-inducing incident that shut down several border crossings on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
The Bentley sedan was going up to 100 mph when it rammed into a median near the checkpoint area on the American side of the Rainbow Bridge at around 11:15 a.m. — flying several feet into the air and bursting into a fireball before landing in dozens of pieces, according to federal law enforcement sources.
The blast raised concerns of a possible terror attack on both sides of the border, but New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said later Wednesday that had been ruled out by investigators.
“I want to be very clear to Americans and New Yorkers: at this time, there is no indication of a terrorist attack,” Hochul said at an evening press conference.
Investigators believe the two people in the car, a man and a woman, may have been heading from a casino in Niagara Falls to a Kiss concert at the Scotiabank Arena in Ontario, according to the sources.
The driver, a Western New York resident, was going “at a high rate of speed” when he swerved into a US Customs and Border Patrol barrier at a checkpoint on the US side, Hochul and the sources said.
The car never made it to the Canadian side of the border.