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Police arrest man attempting to enter NY cathedral carrying two cans of gas, lighter fluid and light

A man who police believe may have been emotionally disturbed was arrested Wednesday night when trying to enter St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City with gas, lighter fluid and lighters, according to WNBC-TV.



The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Marc Lamparello of New Jersey. He was stopped at the cathedral entrance by security and taken into custody by New York Police Department Officers without incident.

Fox News reported that Lamparello was carrying two cans of gas, two bottles of lighter fluid, and two butane lighters when he was stopped.


NYPD reportedly maintained a "heavy presence" around the cathedral even after Lamparello's arrest.

The destruction of houses of worship, both intentionally and unintentionally, has been in the news recently.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris nearly burned to the ground in what French authorities still believe was an accidental fire caused by renovations.

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