Officials are reminding residents that in Pinellas County, the sale or purchase of fireworks that project into the air or explode is prohibited. Instead, the county urges residents to enjoy fireworks displays conducted by trained professionals because it's fun, safe and economical. Sparklers remain legal, but parents are reminded they can be dangerous, reaching temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees. Only those older than 12 should handle sparklers of any type, and adult supervision is necessary at all times. Officials urge residents to use extreme caution, use sparklers only outdoors, read caution labels and use sparklers as intended, not altering or combining them. The county also warns residents never to pick up fireworks left over after a display as they may still be active.
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Clerk of court's office cuts hours
Because of budget cuts, the office of the Pinellas County clerk of the circuit court's office is reducing its hours of operation. The new office hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone requiring assistance with an emergency injunction or similar circumstances is asked to call (727) 464-3341.