Man allegedly threatened
to burn down Grace Cathedral
By Laura Dudnick
October 29, 2007
A man in his 30s who may have planning to burn down San Francisco's
Grace Cathedral late Sunday night was arrested for attempted arson
before the cathedral endured any damage, police said today.
Officers responded to the city's Nob Hill neighborhood Sunday
evening after the man's neighbor reportedly heard him say "the
cathedral wasn't going to be there anymore," said Officer
The man was allegedly planning to burn down the cathedral, according
to Sgt. Neville Gittens.
Police patrolled the area near Grace Cathedral and located the
man on the California Street side of the cathedral around 11:40
p.m. Officers stopped him "to see what he was up to,"
according to McGrath.
The man had a backpack with fireworks inside, McGrath said, and
"other things led the officers to believe he might be up
to something," McGrath added.
Upon finding the fireworks, bomb squad officials were called
to the scene to remove the explosives and the arson task force
responded to investigate, according to McGrath.
The suspect will be taken to the Hall of Justice and booked into
county jail this morning, McGrath said.
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