Performance Artist & Nutjob Tries To Torch Landmark

San Francisco performance artist tries to torch cathedral.
Nice mugshot, huh?

This booking photo provided by Pershing County Sheriff’s Office shows Paul Addis, 35, of San Francisco on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 in Lovelock, Nev. The San Francisco performance artist charged with prematurely torching the Burning Man festival’s namesake effigy in August has been arrested on suspicion of trying to set fire to a historic cathedral, police said Monday, Oct. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Pershing County Sheriff’s Office)

Sand Francisco performance artist tries to torch historic cathedral.
The Star-Telgram reported:

SAN FRANCISCO — A man accused of prematurely torching the Burning Man festival’s namesake effigy in August has been arrested on suspicion of trying to set fire to an historic cathedral, police said.

San Francisco performance artist Paul Addis, out on bail in the Burning Man charges, was taken into custody on the top steps of the Grace Cathedral around 11:40 p.m. Sunday, police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said Monday.

Addis had an ammunition belt of small explosives strapped around his waist, he said.

Police were tipped by a caller who said they overheard Addis talking about a plan to set fire to the local landmark, Mannina said. No fire was set and there was no damage to the Episcopal church, a French Gothic structure that sits atop the city’s Nob Hill.

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