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NATION IN BRIEF : MICHIGAN : 'Devil's Night' Toll Tops Last Year's

November 03, 1990|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Three days of "Devil's Night" vandalism produced more arson fires and arrests than a year ago, Detroit Mayor Coleman Young said. There were 281 fires, up from 223 last year. Devil's Night, the night before Halloween, traditionally has been a time for mischief, but pranksters in Detroit switched from soaping windows and toppling trash cans to setting fires. Young said the city immediately would begin preparing for next year: "Our goal is to finally put an end to the utterly stupid practice."

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