Fireworks Family Relative Charged In L.I. Shooting

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A member of the clan that describes itself as “America’s first family of fireworks” faces charges that he shot his grandson at their Long Island home.

Joseph Grucci was charged Thursday with wounding the 20-year-old with a shotgun after the two argued about noise at the Bellport home.

His lawyer told Newsday the 70-year-old Grucci was defending himself after the younger man threatened him. The grandson is expected to recover.

Grucci is a cousin of Felix Grucci Jr., a former congressman and executive at Fireworks By Grucci. Joseph Grucci has no role in the company, which is famous worldwide for its pyrotechnics displays.

This year, the firm is producing major New Year’s Eve shows in Las Vegas, Dubai, and Taipei, Taiwan.

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  • Joe Sr.

    I have known this family for more than 40 years. While their history is a positive history it is also clouded by much tragedy and controversy. Those who live locally know. My sympathies and prayers to all of them.

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