A suspect was arrested outside of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral Wednesday evening by counter-terrorism officials after attempting to enter the premises carrying two-gallon gasoline cans and a lighter.
“The unidentified 37-year-old man had pulled up Wednesday night in a minivan outside the landmark cathedral on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle at 7:55 p.m. and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid, said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller,” reports the Associated Press.
“As he enters the cathedral he’s confronted by a cathedral security officer who asks him where he’s going and informs him he can’t proceed into the cathedral carrying these things,” said Miller. “At that point some gasoline apparently spills out onto the floor as he’s turned around.”
“His basic story was he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue. That his car had run out of gas,” Miller added. “We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody.”
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FROM THE ASHES: Notre Dame’s Medieval Stained-Glass Windows SURVIVE Massive Blaze
The three main medieval stained-glass windows of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France miraculously survived Monday’s massive blaze, with firefighters managing to save most of the building’s stone exterior despite losing the roof and iconic spire.
“Notre Dame’s three medieval stained-glass windows all survived last night’s devastating fire, the Archbishop of Paris has said, as detectives probe the renovation work which may have led to the blaze,” reports the Daily Mail.
“The first daylight pictures inside the wreckage of the Paris landmark today showed the roof destroyed, the 850-year-old church exposed to the elements and the floor covered in charred debris,” adds the report.
French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral as firefighters worked to contain the blaze; saying it was the “destiny” of the French people.
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FROM THE RUINS: Notre Dame Fire Contained, Structure Saved Following Massive Blaze
French firefighters and first responders miraculously managed to contain the massive blaze that engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral late Monday evening; as images emerged of the smoldering House of Worship not seen since the widespread European destruction of the Second World War.
“The fire already destroyed the roof of the 850 year old UNESCO world heritage landmark, whose spectacular gothic spire collapsed before the eyes of horrified onlookers on a previously pristine early spring evening,” reports the AFP.
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“I say to you very solemnly this evening, this cathedral will be rebuilt… it is part of our destiny in France and our project for years to come,” said French President Emmanuel Macron.