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NYPD increasing security, sending officers to Buffalo after bridge explosion

The NYPD has sent officers to Buffalo, New York in response to an explosion on the bridge connecting the United States and Canada.

The Associated Press reported that two people were killed when a truck exploded on the American side of the Rainbow Bridge. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Wednesday afternoon that both the Rainbow Bridge and Peace Bridge were closed. The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and the Whirlpool Bridge were also closed at the direction of federal authorities.

“At my direction, the New York State Police is actively working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor all points of entry to New York,” she said in a statement.

Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement that there will be increased security at locations across the city, including its bridges and tunnels. He said he plans to provide more details at 5 p.m.

“The NYPD and our partners have already enhanced security, and the city is on heightened alert due to the upcoming holiday,” Adams said.

Remaining international crossings were on heightened alert, but open. Officials said they were in the process of closing parts of Interstate 90 in Niagara County.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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