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Port Authority PD: Homeless Man Starts Fire That Jams GWB

Ryan Desso
Ryan Desso Photo Credit: COURTESY: Port Authority PD

A homeless man was arrested Wednesday night after police said he started a fire that jammed traffic on the George Washington Bridge.

Port Authority tunnel and bridge agents extinguished the 5:30 p.m. fire -- which caused major bridge delays -- under the Henry Hudson Parkway ramp , the authority's Joseph Pentangelo said.

No structural damage was done and all lanes were active and open by 7:30 p.m., he said.

Ryan Desso, 30, was charged with arson, criminal mischief and trespassing.

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