While the world is still reeling from seeing the massive fire that engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a horrific tragedy was avoided in New York City.
A man carrying lighters, canisters filled with gasoline and lighter fluid was arrested Wednesday evening at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Police, according to one news source, said
the arrest came just a few days after the massive fire engulfed Notre Dame.
John Miller, the New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, told reporters Wednesday that authorities are investigating the motive of the man who was arrested.
“It’s hard to say exactly what his intentions were but I think the totality of an individual walking into an iconic location carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something we would have great concern over. We’re looking into his background and talking to a couple of other agencies,” Miller said.
It was reported that the man parked a van near the cathedral on Wednesday and attempted to bring the canisters, lighter fluid and lighters into the church. He was stopped by a security guard who told him he couldn’t enter the church carrying flammable items, according to the news.
The man was then questioned by authorities and gave “inconsistent” answers, Miller said.
“His answers were inconsistent and evasive, although he remained conversational with them and cooperative,” Miller said.
Monday’s massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral destroyed much of the cathedral, including its famous spire and some stained-glass windows. But the building was ultimately saved after authorities initially believed the fire would destroy it entirely.
New York City can thank an attentive security guard for saving one of our countries most beloved cathedrals. We wonder whether the company this guard works for will give his a raise for his heroic effort. What do you think about this story?