St. Louis Public Radio News
8:22 am
Thu June 25, 2009

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.