Controversial pastor arrested before igniting thousands of Qurans to protest 9/11 attacks
POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Florida Law lnforcement officers arrested a pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Polk County sheriff's deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 44, each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel as they traveled in a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. Jones had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Qurans - one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sheriff's officials said Wednesday night that Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor, and that Sapp faces a charge of having no valid registration for the trailer. He says Fire Department air tests confirmed the kerosene could have exploded.
"And it showed that it was flammable at that time while he pulled it down the road. So he was potentially driving a bomb down the road had there been a crash," said the Sheriff.
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