A U.S. man attempting to cross into Canada on the Ambassador Bridge was carrying inert grenades Monday, leading to the hours-long shut down of the bridge.
At approximately 9 a.m., Windsor police were dispatched to the border crossing where officers had discovered two grenades inside a vehicle. The grenades were submerged in an unidentified white powdery substance, according to Windsor police.
The bridge was shut down to traffic coming into Canada as the investigation into the potentially explosive devices ensued. However, it was found that the grenades were inactive and no direct threats were made to a person or place in connection to the devices, according to authorities.
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“We would like to thank the public for your patience in this matter,” reads a release from Windsor police Tuesday. “All necessary precautions were taken for the safety of the community and everyone involved during this incident. … We understand that any incident which causes a closure of an international border can have far-reaching impacts, however, it was imperative during this incident to take all necessary precautions under the circumstances presented.”
Testing of a sample of the white powder by the department’s explosive disposal unit found that the substance did not contain energetic properties and was not hazardous, according to Windsor police.
As the investigation found no intention to cause harm or use the grenades for any criminal intent, no criminal charges will be brought against the man.
Traffic flow was resumed at approximately 4 p.m. Monday and officers cleared the area at about 6:30 p.m.