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The blasts are only bomb class

Lecanto area residents are likely to hear explosions from an arson/bomb class that will be conducted by the Withlacoochee Law Enforcement Academy later this week, according to Fire Prevention officials. The classes will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The field work will consist of about 15 to 20 explosions each day. Officials said the blasts will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the south Lecanto area. Fire prevention officials said the controlled demonstrations are in a licensed mining area and pose no danger to the public.

TV show to focus on manatees

Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park's manatees will be highlighted on Wednesday's episode of Reading Rainbow. The episode titled "Sam, the Sea Cow" will be aired at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on WUFT-Ch. 5. The show was filmed in June in the park's rehabilitation area. Dr. Mark Lowe and park ranger Betsy Dearth will talk with show host, Levar Burton, about the care of captive manatees and the outlook for these gentle marine mammals. Burton's visit is intended to extend viewers' knowledge of the West Indian Manatee, which is also the subject of a new book by Francine Jacobs, Sam Is a Sea Cow.