A 37-year-old man from New Jersey attempted to enter St Patrick’s Cathedral, seat of the New York Archdiocese, with two gasoline cans according to police.
Police say Marc Lamparello of Hasbrouck Heights drove to the area of the cathedral and took two gas cans and lighter fluid from his car.
Church ushers stopped the man and nearby officers with the NYPD Critical Response Command took the man into custody.
Lamparello told police he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Ave from 5th because his car had run out of gas.
Nobody was hurt in the incident. He is unlikely to face charges as he is considered an emotionally disturbed person but will likely be held for psychological evaluation according to ABC News.