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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:49 AM

Decades-long Devil's Night is dead in Detroit. Fires disappear on Halloween eve



For decades in Detroit, Halloween eve was synonymous with fire.

Photographers from around the globe flocked to the city to witness what became known as Devil’s Night, the notorious tradition of setting fire to houses, buildings, cars and dumpsters.

Between 1979 and 2010, more than 100 fires broke out each year. The worst year was 1984, when firefighters responded to more than 800 blazes that covered the entire city in an eery, smoky haze on Halloween morning.

Over the past nine years, the fires steadily declined.

For the second year in a row, Devil’s Night was nothing more than an average night for firefighters on Wednesday. Only seven fires broke out, and some were accidental, Detroit Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell tells Metro Times.

“There is going to be a new generation of kids who remember Halloween as dressing up and getting candy,” Fornell says. “The city is changing.”

On Halloween evening, firefighters will be handing out candy at fire houses.

https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/decades-long-devils-night-is-dead-in-detroit-fires-disappear-on-halloween-eve/Content?oid=23012915


(plus a to Dennis Archer)

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Reply Decades-long Devil's Night is dead in Detroit. Fires disappear on Halloween eve (Original post)
demmiblue Oct 31 OP
Siwsan Oct 31 #1
rownesheck Oct 31 #2
braddy Oct 31 #3
JustABozoOnThisBus Oct 31 #4

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:52 AM

1. Same trend in Flint and Saginaw

Just a quiet night. Of course, the weather may be a factor. It has been pretty miserable.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 11:01 AM

2. Aww man.

Devil's night sounds bad ass. Like from the movie The Crow.

Oh well. I guess folks are becoming more civilized.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 11:24 AM

3. This s a big breakthrough, wonder how it was accomplished.

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Response to braddy (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 01:05 PM

4. Bad weather played a part. It seemed there were always fewer fires ...

... when Devil's Night was cold and rainy. As it was last night.

It would be nice if "Devil's Night" would fade into a distant urban legend, not a permanent custom.

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