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Authorities say suspect in Burning Man arson arrested in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ” A San Francisco performance artist charged with prematurely torching the Burning Man festival’s namesake effigy has now been arrested on suspicion of trying to set fire to the historic Grace Cathedral.

San Francisco police say they caught Paul Addis Sunday night on the top steps of the cathedral with an ammunition belt of small explosives strapped around his waist.

Police were tipped by a caller who said they overheard Addis talking about a plan to set fire to the church.

No fire was set and there was no damage to the church.

Sergeant Steve Mannina says Addis is the same person who’s facing arson charges in Nevada for allegedly setting fire to the Burning Man effigy four days earlier than planned during the counterculture festival in August.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.