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Lawsuit accuses former councilman of fireworks hoax


St. Louis – St. Louis County officials have filed a lawsuit alleging a former councilman tampered with a web site, and posted a false message that claims an annual fireworks display has been canceled.

The suit seeks a temporary restraining order. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Thursday morning in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

A Web site called jbblast.com claims the fireworks at the Jefferson Barracks Park are canceled this year. However, the July 3 celebration is expected to take place as planned.

The suit accuses John Campisi, who was defeated for re-election last fall, of posting the message on the site.

There was no immediate response to an e-mail message that the Associated Press sent last night to an address listed on the Web site.