Remember Devils Night? It's an annual tradition in Detroit - the night before Halloween thugs run around the city creating chaos. They talked about it in the movie The Crow.
Devil's Night has been taking place in Detroit for years. It was huge between the 1970s and the 90s but its origin actually dates all the way back to the 1940s. It started out as innocent pranks but, as the years progressed, it evolved into full on arson.
Devils Night was so bad for the city of Detroit that local city officials had to come up with "Angels Night" - an anti-arson volunteer based program that encouraged citizens to put out fires started by vandals and thugs.
Funny thing about that - Detroit area firefighters have reportedly been "bracing" for tonight's Devil's Night because this will be the first year in the past two decades when the anti-arson initiative won't be taking place.
The city canceled Angels Night and replaced it with a "celebratory community event" called ‘Halloween in the D,’ which is supposed to be a family friendly event but it kind of sounds dirty to me.
Even still, reported incidents of arson on Devil's Night have severely decreased in recent years, which is why the city claims they no longer need Angels Night.
We imagine the decrease in arson incidents happened for two reasons: more and more people are moving out of Detroit and you can't burn down a building that's already been lit on fire.
Hopefully Detroit will be okay without Angels Night.
Now Detroit can focus more on dealing with their high crime and unemployment rates, both of which was well above the national average.