Coast Guard responds to bomb threat to Ambassador Bridge

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is responding to the report of a bomb, Monday night, on the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, in Detroit, along with boatcrews from Customs and Border Protection, Detroit Police Department, Canadian Coast Guard and Windsor ­­­­Police Department are enforcing a 1,000-yard safety zone on both sides of the bridge.

A search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a phone call at 8 p.m. from the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations reporting that an anonymous caller had contacted them about a bomb on the Ambassador Bridge. The Detroit Police Department and CBP Office of Field Operations worked with the bridge authority to close the bridge to traffic.

Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium to enforce a safety zone around the bridge.

This is the second bomb threat in the area in a week, but unlike the previous threat, this anonymous call came into U.S. authorities.

“Immediately upon notification, the Coast Guard coordinated with its international, federal, state and local partners to ensure the safety of the public by enforcing a safety zone below the bridge,” said Coast Guard Capt. Jeff Ogden, Sector Detroit commander.

”Our plans now are to continue support with protection of the maritime environment.”

Until the Ambassador Bridge is cleared on both the U.S. and Canadian sides, the Coast Guard will continue to enforce the safety zone and protect the marine infrastructure.

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