Detroit is gearing up for another Angels’ Night.
The program is a long-running response to what used to be known as Devil's Night, the day before Halloween. In 1984, the city had more than 800 fires during the period.
Last year, 93 fires were reported.
At a press conference Thursday, city leaders laid out the efforts that were being planned to stop arsons during the 3-day period -- Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.
Mayor Dave Bing said the number of arsons have been going down in the last three years.
“We’ve been winning the fight on Angels’ Night and we’ll keep the momentum going this year,” he said.
Fire Commissioner Don Austin said the city will once again be enforcing an ordinance that prohibits filling up portable containers with gas. It runs from Sunday, Oct. 27 at midnight, through Thursday, October 31, at 11:59 p.m.
Likewise, Police Chief James Craig said there will be a curfew in effect for anyone under 17 years old.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (with identification) from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 to 6 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
During the emergency curfew hours, minors will be allowed to travel to and from work or educational or training programs but must carry proof of employment or attendance.
Minors who violate the curfew will be ticketed and held until their parent or guardian picks them up.
White Castle is teaming up with the city to provide two free burgers, tea, coffee or hot chocolate to any of the volunteers who are on patrol from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the campaign period.
Volunteers must be wearing their Angels’ Night t-shirt and cap and dine inside a White Castle.
Important numbers to remember for Angels’ Night:
To Report Fires and Emergencies
To Report Illegal Dumping
To Report Arsonists
To Report Dangerous/Abandoned Buildings