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NYPD: Man with gas cans tried to enter St. Patrick’s church

/ 11:17 AM April 18, 2019

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.  AFP

NEW YORK, United States — Days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, church personnel stopped a man carrying jugs of gasoline from entering the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Police say the 37-year-old man was accosted while entering the landmark cathedral in Manhattan at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities were investigating whether the unidentified man is emotionally disturbed.

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There is currently a heavy police presence outside the cathedral on Fifth Avenue.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was built in 1878, has installed a sprinkler-like system during recent renovations and its wooden roof is coated with fire retardant. /cbb

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