Man carrying gas cans into New York cathedral arrested

By Darryl Coote | UPI |

A man was apprehended after having entered St. Patrick’s Cathedral with two two-gallon gas cans, two bottles of lighter fluid and two lighters. Photo courtesy of New York Police Department/Twitter

April 18 (UPI) — A man carrying gas cans, lighter fluid and lighters was arrested by police after entering a Manhattan cathedral days after Paris’ Notre Dame was all but destroyed by a massive fire, police said.

The 37-year-old man parked his minivan near St. Patrick’s Cathedral and attempted to enter the church at around 7:55 p.m. when he was stopped by church security, NJ.com reported.

As he was being escorted from the building, some gasoline spilled from one of the gas cans to the floor.

“Nothing happened inside the cathedral,” the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement, NBC News reported.

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