A person has been arrested after strolling into New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two full petrol cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police say.
They are saying guards confronted the 37-year-old as he entered the Manhattan church on Wednesday night.
He spilt gasoline on the bottom and officers took him into custody.
Deputy police commissioner John Miller famous that the “suspicious” incident occurred simply two days after a hearth gutted Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.
St Patrick’s is the seat of New York’s Roman Catholic archdiocese.
“A person strolling into an iconic location like St Patrick’s cathedral carrying over 4 gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters, is one thing we’d have grave concern over,” Mr Miller instructed reporters.
The NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism nonetheless stated it was “too early to say” whether or not terrorism was a motive.
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When confronted exterior the cathedral, the person instructed officers his automobile had run out of gas and he was chopping by means of the cathedral to get to it. He was arrested when police checked the van and noticed it was not out of petrol.
“We do not know what his mindset was,” Mr Miller stated.
Investigators in Paris say renovation works at Notre-Dame may have by accident sparked Monday’s hearth.
The catastrophe has led to a surge in fundraising for black church buildings destroyed by an arsonist within the US earlier this yr.
A 21-year-old accused of burning down three African-American church buildings in Louisiana was on Tuesday charged with hate crimes.