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U.S. Canada border crossing south of Montreal reopens following threat

LACOLLE, Que. — Quebec provincial police say a major Canada-U.S. border crossing has been closed after a threat.


January 6, 2017
By The Canadian Press

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Sgt. Ingrid Asselin says police received word this morning that a menacing phone call had targeted the busy crossing at St-Bernard-de-Lacolle.

The buildings were emptied as a precaution and the border is closed as provincial police, the RCMP and firefighters search the area.

Asselin says traffic is being diverted on both sides of the border to adjacent crossings.

Canada Border Services Agency says on its website the crossing, about 60 kilometres south of Montreal, is the second busiest non-bridged United States-Canada land border crossing.

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UPDATE: The border reopened Friday just after 1 p.m., according to police.

Dominique McNeely said Quebec’s busiest border crossing at St-Bernard-de-Lacolle received a menacing phone call that mentioned an explosive device.

A sweep by various law enforcement agencies turned up nothing, but McNeely said the buildings were emptied shortly after 9 a.m. as a precaution.