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An arc flash is a complex phenomenon occurring when electricity travels through the air creating ionized gases. An arc flash also goes by the names arc blast and electric arc.
This video shows an arc flash blowing the door off a panel box in less than 2 cycles*, or about 0.03 second. This incredible footage was recorded during arc flash testing. The video is shown in slow motion, which allows you to see the force of an arc flash. Notice the mannequin's glove around the 0.20 mark of the video.
*Note: there are 60 cycles in one second.
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