Pastor Jones arrested before Quran burning

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MULBERRY, Fla. (WTSP) – Our coverage partners at 10 News have learned that controversial Gainesville pastor Terry Jones was taken into custody before he carried out his plan to burn nearly 3,000 copies of the Islam holy book the Quran in Polk County on Wednesday afternoon.

Jones planned to burn the books at the county-owned Loyce E. Harpe Park in Mulberry, but was denied a permit, with officials saying he filed his request too late and that he does not have permission for an event of that magnitude.

Pastor Jones earlier told 10 News that the permit will not stop him from sending his message about the religion of Islam to the world from Polk County.

But shortly before he planned to set the Qurans on fire, Jones was stopped at a nearby McDonald's. His truck was towing a large barbecue smoker, which reportedly had copies of the Quran inside, doused in kerosene.

Polk deputies took Jones into custody and was arrested. The Lakeland Ledger reports Jones and an associate are facing traffic-related offenses for driving with kerosene in the grill.