How Sound Can Be Used to Extinguish Fires

James of The Action Lab, who previously explained how the iOS phone app Blower was able to blow out candles using sound, attached an air cannon to a giant speaker to show how directed sound could extinguish large kitchen fires.

In this video, I show you how sound can be used to put out fires.

Using Sound to Put Out Fire

James was inspired by Viet Tran and Seth Robertson of George Mason University, who invented a fire extinguisher that emits low frequency sound waves.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.