A mere two days after the historic Notre Dame was engulfed in flames, a man walked into New York City's infamous St. Patrick's Cathedral with two gas cans and lighters.
A security guard for the historic church saw the man enter the church with two canisters of gasoline, lighter fluid, and two lighters. He confronted the man and proceeded to notify nearby authorities who took the man into custody.
According to John Miller, the New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, the unidentified male parked a minivan near St. Patrick's around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
After the man was stopped by security, he left the church but was later stopped by police officers on Fifth Avenue.
"His answers were inconsistent and evasive, although he remained conversational with them and cooperative."
Miller also said,
"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."
The NYPD posted about the incident on Twitter reminding New Yorkers,
"If you see something, say something."
Around 7:55pm, a man walked into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan with gas cans and lighter fluid, and was subs… https://t.co/VDTMbRPrXk— NYPD NEWS (@NYPD NEWS) 1555556887.0
Many locals are thankful for the authorities' attention to the matter.
@NYPDnews @benshapiro @NYPDCT @StPatsNYC @NYPDMTN @NYPDPBMS Great work, NYPD!— The Bodaki (@The Bodaki) 1555560841.0
@NYPDnews @NYPDCT @StPatsNYC @NYPDMTN @NYPDPBMS Very scary situation. My jaw dropped to the floor but thank God in… https://t.co/faY3N4OTJx— Debra Targhi (@Debra Targhi) 1555589222.0
Others can't help but notice the uncanny timing.
@nytimes It’s been a very dangerous & troubling Holy Week.— SLOW TALKER (@SLOW TALKER) 1555593472.0
Mostly, people are just disturbed at the thought of this man's near-attempt at destroying another historic cathedral.
@MarkLevineNYC I hate everyone, why do you wanna ruin something so beautiful— Zach (@Zach) 1555593353.0
@nytimes I'm against religion. Saying that, I have respect for people & their choice of worship. Churches are sanct… https://t.co/PpNzvfaYun— Souzou Ako (@Souzou Ako) 1555602461.0
Just like Notre Dame, St. Patrick's Cathedral's ceiling has a wood-framed attic.