This Slow Motion Video Of A Fire Tornado Is So Mesmerising

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The lads at Slow-Mo Guys may have made one of the most oddly mesmerising online video’s ever by filming a fire tornado in slow motion.

The guys create the tower of flame by starting a small fire in a bucket and then having industrial fans whirl the air around making the oddly calming column of  twisting fire.

The pair then film the ferocious fire at a ridiculously slow 2500fps (frames per second) using a state of the art slow-mo camera to create this hypnotising video.

In the video, Gavin Free, the creator of Slow-Mo guys describes the flames as looking “good enough to eat” and he’s not wrong. The best way I can describe the spiraling column of flame is looking like a Twister ice lolly, made of death.

slow-mo guysGavin Free & Dan Gruchy - The Slow Mo Guys

Terrifyingly fire tornadoes are actually a naturally occurring thing, and aren’t even that rare. They’re called fire whirls and happen when the heat of a fire creates a vortex, a mini tornado, and channels the fire into a moving column of flame.

Luckily fire whirls are pretty slow moving so no need to be too worried.


Tom Percival

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.