Essex Police have arrested a man outside a prayer centre in Braintree on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and attemped arson.
The 43-year-old was at the prayer centre in Silks Way.
The Braintree MP, Brooks Newmark tweeted that he met Islamic leaders in the area last night and thanked the police for their quick response.
No one was injured during the incident.
More top news
Showers dying out during this evening to leave a dry night with some long clear spells leading to a frost by morning. Lows -1 deg C
A protest march has been held in Huntingdon over plans to merge two local hospitals to save money.
A protest march has taken place in Huntingdon over plans which could see Hinchingbrooke Hospital merge with Peterborough City Hospital