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Detroit officials to announce Angels' Night plans

By AP

DETROIT – City officials are expected to kick off an annual campaign aimed at stamping out arsons in Detroit over the 3-day Halloween period.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, police and fire officials are scheduled to release details Tuesday about the Angels' Night campaign.

This year's theme is "Watch Your Block." Residents will be encouraged to concentrate on the streets surrounding their homes.

Firefighters responded to 169 blazes over the 2010 Halloween weekend. Most of the fires were in vacant houses or buildings. There were 119 fires reported in 2009.

The city promotes volunteer neighborhood patrols each Halloween, dubbing the effort Angel's Night, to prevent a repeat of the so-called Devil's Night in 1984, when more than 800 fires were started in Detroit during the Halloween period.

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