A man tried to walk into St. Patrick's Cathedral with two gasoline cans, two bottles of lighter fluid and two lighters, police said.
The 37-year-old man, named as Marc Lamparello, entered the Manhattan church with the two gallon cans of gasoline before being apprehended by security at around 8pm, The New York Post reports.
Lamparello was taken into custody without incident at the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night, NBC New York reports.
The man was spotted by St. Patrick’s Cathedral staff, including ushers and security, and was detained until the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau arrived at the scene and took him into custody without incident, police told WABC-TV. No one was injured and the cathedral was not damaged.
According to NBC New York, the NYPD maintains a uniformed presence at the church and that contributed to the speed at which Marc Lamparello was taken into custody.
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