Sunday, October 31, 2010

Devil's Night: It's All Relative

Devil's night in Flint is considered "pleasantly quiet" by the fire department because there were only 8 fires.


  1. It was pleasantly quiet! There were only four last night, with another six the night before. That's less than last year, when we had five on Devil's Night. I stayed up late, listening to my scanner, and even police calls were very low, compared to a normal weekend. If only we could have fourteen extra police officers, a doubled fire department and a Michigan State Police helicopter every night!

  2. Although things seemed pretty calm last night, I think the question is, whether the "wicked" behavior will be tonight instead (a point raised by my mom).

  3. Only 8 fires? That's not too bad until you realize there are only 12 houses


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