Man caught with gasoline and lighter fluid at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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A man is in custody after he allegedly brought gasoline and lighters into Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

It comes just two days after a massive fire nearly destroyed Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. 

Police say the suspect 37-year-old Marc Lamporello from New Jersey parked his minivan outside the historic cathedral just before 8:00 p.m. last night.

He then tried entering the building carrying four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters.

He was quickly stopped by security inside, and turned away but not before police say he spilled gasoline on the floor.

Counterterror police outside followed him back to his car, where he told them he was just cutting through the cathedral, and his car was out of gas. 

Police found that wasn’t the case, and took him into custody.

NYPD officials say the incident was “suspicious” given the timing after the fire at Notre Dame, and they’re not ruling out terrorism. 
 

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