YouTube scientist creates wild ‘air vortex cannon’ that can topple objects from 75 feet

  • Joe Richards has created an air vortex cannon
  • In this video, Joe demonstrates its capability at increasing distances
  • The air vortex cannon knocks soda cans over from 10, 20, 30, 40, and 75 feet

Published on May 03, 2024 at 4:21 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 6:44 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

YouTube scientist creates wild ‘air vortex cannon’ that can topple objects from 75 feet

There’s no shortage of cool creations to be found online – but this air vortex cannon looks heaps of fun.

The man behind the gadget is Joe Richards who, according to his Instagram bio, is a ‘veteran, artist, dad, science dude’.

The video below, posted to his channel, shows the wild air vortex cannon in action.

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The purpose of the video is to demonstrate the air vortex cannon at increasing distances.

So, Joe stacked some empty soda cans in a pyramid shape on top of an upside-down plastic box in his backyard.

At 10 feet, the nifty gadget had no trouble tumbling the cans, the strong whoosh of smoky air knocking them over cleanly.

The self-same thing happened again at 20 feet, and then at 30 feet – although one can remained on top of the box.

At 40 feet, all but two cans toppled, but the big surprise came at 75 feet.

At this distance you’d have put money on the cans staying put, however, the air vortex cannon still managed to push over two cans.

It’s certainly a cool video to watch, but it poses the question – what was used to produce the smoke?

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.