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Bomb Squad Called To St. Paul Cathedral After Man Set Fires

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A bomb squad was called to the Cathedral of St. Paul Saturday afternoon after someone starting lighting papers on fire inside the building.

St. Paul police say a homeless man walked into the cathedral and started setting the fires, which were extinguished by bystanders.

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The man was said to be carrying a brown paper bag containing a Bible and a Quran tied together, which at first was thought to possibly be an explosive device – but no such device was found.

The man was arrested for disorderly conduct.

The incident came a few hours after an explosion occurred at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.

The FBI is investigating the blast, which caused fire and smoke damage to the building. No one was hurt.


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