Washington, A man has been arrested after walking into New York's St Patrick's Cathedral carrying two full petrol cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.

They said guards confronted the 37yearold as he entered the Manhattan church on Wednesday evening.

He spilt gasoline on the ground and officers took him into custody.

Deputy police commissioner John Miller noted that the "suspicious" incident occurred just two days after a fire gutted NotreDame cathedral in Paris.

St Patrick's is the seat of New York's Roman Catholic archdiocese, BBC reported.

"An individual walking into an iconic location like St Patrick's cathedral carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters, is something we would have grave concern over," Miller told reporters.

The NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism however said it was "too early to say" whether terrorism was a motive.

Source: Jordan News Agency