An American trying to cross Canada via the Ambassador Bridge was carrying inert grenades on Monday, causing the bridge to shut down for hours.
At around 9 a.m., Windsor Police were dispatched to the border crossing where officers discovered two grenades inside a vehicle. The grenades were submerged in an unidentified white powdery substance, Windsor police said.
The bridge was closed to traffic entering Canada as the potentially explosive device investigation ensued. However, it was found that the grenades were inactive and that no direct threat was made against any person or place in connection with the devices, according to the authorities.
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“We would like to thank the public for your patience in this matter,” read a statement Tuesday from Windsor Police. “All necessary precautions have been taken for the safety of the community and of all those involved in this incident.… We understand that any incident resulting in the closure of an international border can have far-reaching impacts, however, it It was imperative during this incident to take all necessary precautions in the circumstances presented.
Testing of a sample of white powder by the department’s explosives disposal unit found the substance did not contain energetic properties and was not dangerous, Windsor police said.
As the investigation did not reveal any intention to harm or use the grenades for criminal purposes, no criminal charges will be brought against the man.
Traffic resumed around 4 p.m. Monday and officers cleared the area around 6:30 p.m.