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Man caught with petrol and lighters at cathedral

The 37-year-old pulled up outside the cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in a minivan on Wednesday, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle and retrieved the items (stock photo)
The 37-year-old pulled up outside the cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in a minivan on Wednesday, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle and retrieved the items (stock photo)

By Carla White

A man was arrested after entering St Patrick's Cathedral in New York carrying two cans of petrol, lighter fluid and butane lighters.

The 37-year-old pulled up outside the cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in a minivan on Wednesday, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle and retrieved the items.

As he entered the building, he was stopped by a security officer, who barred his way and contacted the authorities, who arrested the man.

Deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism John Miller said: "His story was that his car had run out of gas. We took a look at the vehicle - it was not out of gas.

"It's hard to say what his intentions were, but I think an individual walking into a location like St Patrick's Cathedral, carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something that we would have great concern over."

The incident came just says after Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral was ravaged by flames.

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