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Area declared safe by police after 'small explosion' in Niagara Falls park

NIAGARA FALLS – A park that was the scene of a small explosion Tuesday night has been declared safe by police.

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto on Wednesday morning tweeted that Legends Park "was checked and secured."

Police were searching late into the night Tuesday for the source of an explosion in the park, located behind the downtown public library and the former YWCA.

DalPorto reported Tuesday night that a bomb detection dog was checking the area as a precaution. Officers cordoned off one of the basketball courts in the park. The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called to assist.

Mayor Paul Dyster reported at 10:35 p.m. that there were no injuries and no serious property damage.

“We think it was some sort of small explosive device that went off,” Chief DalPorto said at 11 p.m. “We feel it is safe at this point.”

DalPorto said neighborhood residents began calling police about 8:30 p.m. to report a bright, white flash and a loud boom.

“They could feel the explosion and feel their house shake, that’s how strong the explosion was,” he said.

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Earlier, reports from Facebook indicated that police have closed off and secured a section of Legends Park, behind the former YMCA facility and that Mayor Paul Dyster is on the scene.

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