Devil’s Night, the decades-long tradition of setting fire to houses, buildings, cars and dumpsters in Detroit on Halloween eve, was nothing more than an average night for firefighters this year.
Magician Harry Houdini died at Grace Hospital in Detroit on Halloween in 1926 after his appendix ruptured. His body was then taken to the W. R. Hamilton and Company Funeral Home in the Cass Corridor.
West Nile Virus claims two more victims in Michigan; the National Weather Service is investigating possible tornadoes in Wayne and Monroe counties Tuesday night; and a haunted house is planned for the vacant train station.
While there were slightly fewer fires in 2015, arsons and destructive blazes took a nosedive this year, marking a decades-long record.
One firefighter was injured, and a puppy was saved from a burning house.
For the first time since the 1970s, Detroit is on pace to record fewer than 90 fires during the three-day Devil’s Night period.
Before the city closed down the “underground” masquerade for alleged violations, the neighborhood carnival-like bash attracted more than 2,000 people.
Blackface is widely offensive because it was used to create degrading caricatures of black people.
Police cited about 550 people so far this year – an average of nearly two a day – for trespassing at the mental hospital complex. That’s compared to 213 last year.