Arsonist arrested on steps of Grace Cathedral

A convicted arsonist was arrested on Sunday outside of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco by police following a tip that he was intending to burn the Cathedral. The man had previously been arrested for setting the “Burning Man” aflame in an act he claimed was an act of love earlier this summer.

“[The suspect, Paul Addis] was wearing an old ammunition belt that carried small explosives, Mannina said. He was booked on suspicion of attempted arson, possession of an incendiary substance, possession of explosives and possession of explosives with intent to terrorize a church.

A bomb dog was brought in to search the area and found no other explosives at the California Street cathedral.

Deputy Chief Morris Tabak said Addis had only a small amount of explosives.

‘Did he have the capability to do substantial damage? Absolutely not,’ Tabak said.

Tabak said police didn’t know what Addis’ alleged motive was. ‘He said something about it was his religious right,’ Tabak said.”

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