Darren A. Nichols / The Detroit News
Detroit —Detroit recorded 169 fires during the three-day Angels’ Night weekend, up nearly 30 percent from last year.
Despite the increase, city officials called the volunteer effort a success and thanked volunteers today.
“Their efforts are an inspiration and speak to the passion, commitment and indomitable spirit of Detroit,” Mayor Dave Bing said.
City officials reported 46 fires on Friday night, 58 on Saturday and 65 fires Sunday. Last year, 119 fires were reported over the three days, while there were 136 in 2008. The city averages about 40 fires per night throughout the year.
City officials said there were 126 young people arrested for curfew violations. A traffic enforcement effort netted 33 arrests and issued 536 tickets. Sixty-six cars were towed and one weapon was confiscated.
The number of volunteers also dipped this year, to about 28,000 from 30,000 last year and 60,000 in 2007.
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said volunteer number may be down because city residents are increasing efforts to volunteer more regularly. “Anytime we have community involvement we see the reductions,” Godbee said.
The number of fires this year is far from those of 1984, when more than 800 blazes were reported during the three-day period of what was then known as Devil’s Night.
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