MULLBERRY, Fla. - A controversial Florida pastor who planned to burn 2,998 Qurans as part of a ceremonial Sept. 11 event, was arrested before he could carry out his plans.
Anti-Islam preacher Terry Jones planned to burn the Qurans at a Park County, Fla. Park -- each Koran "representing one of the victims, every person who was murdered by Islam," according to a news release issued by his church earlier. The 2,998 casualty toll includes the 19 plane hijackers.
Jones, 61, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in a pickup truck that was pulling a large barbecue grill. He and an associate were charged with charged with unlawful conveyance of fuel and unlawful carry of a firearm, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
County officials had denied his permit for the park previously.
Scripps affiliate WFTS-TV reported the barbecue was full of the already-soaked Qurans.
Officials said a fire department vapor test showed Jones was potentially driving a "bomb" down the road when he was pulled over for not having a proper tag.
Grady said the 2,998 Qurans were in his custody as evidence.
Jones is pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla. He had previously drawn worldwide attention in 2010 when he announced plans to burn copies of the Quran.