Two men were arrested after police saw them videotaping the Ambassador Bridge, the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing, and found dynamite, a collapsible baton and shotgun shells in their car.
Officers saw the men during a routine patrol late Sunday, police spokeswoman Bernadette Najor said. The men, who were not identified, were being questioned by the FBI.
“We are trying to find out what their motivation was,” Willie Hulon, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office, said Monday.
Police said they holding the men, ages 26 and 30, on a felony charge of possessing a dangerous weapon because the officers found a collapsible baton # similar to one carried by police # in their car.
Police were evaluating whether further charges should be filed for the two quarter-sticks of dynamite, which are comparable to M-80 firecrackers, Najor said. The dynamite was not powerful enough to damage the bridge, she said.
The men also had a tape recorder and photocopies of immigration papers, Najor said.
The Ambassador Bridge has about 10 million vehicle crossings every year and handles about 25 percent of all trade traffic between the United States and Canada.