Traffic resumes at Ambassador Bridge after closure due to explosives probe

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WATCH: The Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ont. to Detroit, U.S., partly reopened on Monday to U.S.-bound traffic about three hours after both sections of the bridge were closed due to an investigation involving possible explosives – Oct 4, 2021

The Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ont., and Detroit was completely closed for roughly three hours Monday due to “possible explosives located in the area.”

The bridge, one of two border crossings connecting Windsor and Detroit, began reopening to U.S.-bound traffic leaving Canada shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to Windsor police.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) then tweeted shortly before 5 p.m. that normal operations had resumed at the bridge.

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Windsor police say the service was called in after the CBSA reported that possible explosives were found in a vehicle in the secondary inspection area.

In an update shortly after 2:30 p.m., police said the driver is in the custody of the CBSA “pending further investigation” and that “no other persons are believed to be involved.”

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“No direct threats were made specific to places or persons,” police tweeted earlier in the day.

“The safety and security of staff and the public is paramount; as such traffic has been re-routed.”

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Windsor police first reported shortly after 10 a.m. Monday that the bridge was closed to incoming U.S. traffic and that their explosive disposal unit was on scene.

Less than an hour later, the police service issued an update stating the bridge would be closing to Canadians entering the U.S. as well.

Police evacuated the area and traffic was rerouted to the nearby Windsor-Detroit tunnel as well as to the Blue Water Bridge connecting Sarnia, Ont., and Port Huron, Mich.

— With files from Ryan Rocca

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