updated 2/16/2004 5:47:14 PM ET 2004-02-16T22:47:14

The biggest northern border crossing west of Detroit was closed for about an hour Monday after Canadian guards found “a small amount” of explosives in a car entering the country from the United States, Canadian customs officials said.

They did not specify what type of explosives was found.

“We found a small amount of explosives in a car coming in from the United States and immediately closed and evacuated the port,” Canadian customs spokeswoman Paula Shore said.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police bomb squad was called in to remove the explosives, Shore said.

The crossing was closed in both directions from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., she said. Officials rerouted traffic to the truck crossing on Pacific Highway, less than a mile to the east.

Mike Milne, a Seattle-based spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, confirmed the closure but declined to elaborate.

About 8 million vehicles cross at Blaine, the northern end of Interstate 5, every year.

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