Man sets cat on fire, starts standoff with Phila. cops
Philadelphia police were in bizarre daylong standoff that began with a man setting fire to a neighbor's cat
By Stephanie FarrDaily
"The heat, it just went up a notch," said a 46-year-old neighbor who identified himself as "Swift." "The same way they make snow for the Poconos, they make heat for us."
On a day when temperatures soared into the mid-90s, SWAT-team members, firefighters and negotiators braved the heat in heavy protective gear to try to get the disturbed man to cool down without taking any lives. Meanwhile, residents pulled up lawn chairs, corner vendors sold crabs for $1.25 and the Salvation Army handed out Gatorade to police.
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