By Vickie Thomas

DETROIT (WWJ) – Community leaders in Detroit on Tuesday will detail their efforts to crack down on Angels’ Night arsonists and mischief-makers.

WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas spoke with Detroit Fire Commissioner Don Austin, who said his department is prepared to call in outside help if necessary.

“One of the things that we’re really doing proactively this year, I’ve reached out to five suburban fire departments – Dearborn, Warren, Southfield, Hamtramck and Highland Park,” he said.

Austin said the cities are entering into a mutual aid agreement in case fires get out of hand. The city is also enforcing a curfew for young people and will limit the sale of gasoline in portable containers.

The emergency curfew makes it unlawful for a minor under 18 years of age to be out of their residence unsupervised from Sunday evening, October 30, at 6 p.m., through Monday morning, October 31, at 6 a.m.

Volunteers are still needed for Detroit’s Angels’ Night Campaign over the three-night Halloween period. This year’s theme is “Watch Your Block,” a push to get residents to turn on porch lights and patrol the streets immediately surrounding their homes.

Annie Ellington, from Mayor Dave Bing’s office, earlier described what a typical night looks like for a Angels’ Night volunteer.

“We ask people to watch their block, we ask people to turn their porch light on, but most importantly we need volunteers to patrol the communities,” she said.

To volunteer for Detroit’s Angels’ Night Campaign, call 313-224-3450, or visit


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