Fireworks Patriarch Dies

Patriarch of fireworks company dies at 82

Joe Rozzi, who carried on the fireworks tradition started a century ago by his grandfather, has died. He was 82. Rozzi died Friday morning. Arthur Rozzi, the oldest of Joe Rozzi's seven children, says Rozzi's Famous Fireworks in Cincinnati was all his father knew. He had worked it so long it became a part of him. Joe Rozzi's grandfather, Paul Rozzi, learned the craft in Italy and started the family business in Pennsylvania in 1895. It moved to Cincinnati in 1930 when the company started doing shows at Coney Island. Joe Rozzi took it over from his father, Arthur Rozzi, in the 1960s, and ten family members still work there. Cincinnati's Riverfest, the Reds and Kings Island are among the better-known shows for Rozzi's Famous Fireworks.