Detroit mayor: Halloween fires down 44 percent

Detroit structure fires during the arson-prone days around Halloween fell 44 percent from a year earlier, Mayor Dave Bing announced Tuesday.
AP Wire
Nov 2, 2011

The number of structure fires reported on Halloween and the two days prior totaled 94 this year, compared with 169 during the three-day period in 2010, Bing said. There were 119 fires reported in 2009, and 136 in 2008.

Municipal workers and residents patrol streets during the annual Angels’ Night effort to prevent arson at vacant buildings, houses, garages and trash containers.

“Our community spoke loud and clear. We told the naysayers that our city is strong,” Bing said. “Our neighborhoods are united, and our people ever vigilant.”

According to the mayor, there were 19 fires on Saturday, 34 on Sunday and 41 on Monday this year. He said 19,343 people volunteered for anti-arson work during the period.

Police arrested 123 juveniles for curfew violations during the three days and issued 53 parental responsibility tickets, Bing said.

Detroit gained notoriety during the 1980s when vandals started fires across the city during the Halloween eve known as Devil’s Night. In 1984, more than 800 fires were started over three days.

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