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General Science => General Science => Topic started by: katieHaylor on 09/08/2018 08:43:48

Title: What's behind the crackling sound a Taser makes?
Post by: katieHaylor on 09/08/2018 08:43:48
Lina asks:

Does a taser gun make the same crackling sound when fired whether it hits the intended mark or not?

What do you think?
Title: Re: What's behind the crackling sound a Taser makes?
Post by: evan_au on 09/08/2018 12:03:42
The crackling sound is from the electrical sparks (miniature lightning bolts) created when you have two nearby wires carrying thousands of volts.

If the taser strikes a live target, the voltage drops considerably, and the sparks should reduce.
If the taser misses the intended target, the policeman probably takes his finger off the trigger, which also stops the sparks.
Title: Re: What's behind the crackling sound a Taser makes?
Post by: chiralSPO on 09/08/2018 15:10:22
The crackling sound is from the electrical sparks (miniature lightning bolts) created when you have two nearby wires carrying thousands of volts.
You beat me to it! The crackling sound is the "thunder" caused by the taser's "lightning!"