Police, fire fighters contain Judas night

Fire fighters reported that they responded to 14 incidents related to the traditional burning of Judas Saturday night and early Sunday. This was the smallest number of trash and field fires in the last four years, said the Cuerpo de Bomberos.

The Fuerza Pública also reported just five detentions related to the quema de Judas, and two of these were for robberies in La Sabana. By contrast, police detained 54 persons in 2013.

Part of the reason has to be activities arranged for youngsters. In San Rafael de Alajuela the Cruz Roja arranged for a dance party and a display of the local Judas dummies. In the past this was a hot spot.

Eight of the 14 fires were in various locations of Heredia, said fire fighters. They said no structures or vehicles were burned and that the fires were confined to trash and fields. No individuals were burned or hurt, they said.

Police said they confiscated two Judas dummies in Alajuela and 20 more in various locations of Heredia.

Judas, according to Christian tradition, is the apostle who identified Jesus Christ to the Roman and Jewish officials, thereby beginning the events that led to the crucifixion. Youngsters and young adults for years have created dummies and then torched them.judas040615

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