Magnificent Magnesium

Session Photo

Tent 1 | Seminar

February 17, 2023, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Presented by: Joel Baechle

Magnesium (Mg) is one of our great metal fuels used in pyrotechnics with a wide range of applications, but also some unique restrictions. In this seminar Joel will go over the chemistry, safety, activation energies, output and applications – some more unusual than one might expect. Discussion will include when it is most appropriate, when to avoid it, how to work with it. A variety of typical formulas will be presented along with discussion of treating Mg to control unwanted reactions.

Additional Session Information
Beginner Friendly

About Presenters

Joel Baechle

Joel Baechle has been involved in pyrotechnics since 1970 when he did his first fireworks display. He started out working at a fireworks stand on the state line and gradually found his way into the proximate pyrotechnics and special effects field, where he continues to innovate today. He tries as best as possible to inspire the creative elements of pyrotechnic progress, the cornerstone of this effort being his 1989 monograph, Pyrocolor Harmony: A Designer’s Guide. The purpose of this is to encourage a vision of pyrotechnics that is more artistic and less mechanical in order to bolster its reputation in the face of increasing regulatory issues. He remains committed to a multi-dimensional, American vision of fireworks presentation, rather than a “DJ” approach of launching imports to music. He has a B.A. degree in Sociology, and maintains a keen interest in the evolution of the arts in society through this season of rapid change, especially through the progress of multimedia entertainment. In other words, pyrotechnics should keep pace with changes in lighting design and entertainment presentation, and not become an artifact of the analog era. His wife Barbara has supported him in this difficult field for over 30 years, and their three sons are all involved in music and art as well. He resides in Northern California

Back to Activities