Afterword: Flame Effects and Burning Man

The world’s premier flame effect showcase has got to be Burning Man, the event attracting tens of thousands of people to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert every year. Dave X has been the fire safety team manager for Burning Man for over 15 years. He is a licensed pyrotechnic operator working in Northern California, and along with his team, serves as the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for Burning Man. As the AHJ, the fire safety team has reviewed and inspected thousands of effects over the years. Dave X and his partner Eric Smith have taught close to a thousand students in their flame effect classes in the United States and around the world.

Nevertheless, Dave X’s primary concern is the safety of the audience ...

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