Talk about the unexpected. You know Elon Musk; right? The bright guy behind Tesla and SpaceX. Last year, he began to tease the idea of selling a flamethrower to the public, and as ridiculous as the idea sounds, all 20,000 pre-orders available have been taken.
Elon’s flamethrower looks like a modified gun with a propane torch attached. The device emits a flame shorter than 10 feet in range, meaning that it does not meet the definition of a firearm in the USA.
But why would the public need a flamethrower? There was a rumour that Elon was going to create a zombie apocalypse to spur sales of his flamethrower. Sounds like a good reason. Burn the zombies! I mean. Elon even joked about it too.
Commercial flamethrowers are not restricted by law in some countries and are used in situations where controlled burning capacity is required, such as in agriculture or other related land management operations.
Enter The Boring Company
Elon founded The Boring Company in 2016 as a service to create a network of tunnels to transport cars in and across busy cities. As a side thing, the company sells branded small stuff. Like caps. And flamethrowers.
Each Boring flamethrower costs $500 and the 20,000 preorders were exhausted in a matter of days.
Challenges And Stumbling Blocks
As with anything new and crazy, there are bound to be obstacles on the way. Already, there are reports that some custom agencies have raised concerns about letting the flamethrowers through their ports.
In California, a legislation to ban the sale of the Boring Company’s flamethrower is in the works. Why? Safety. A legislator put it this way:
“We don’t allow people to walk in off the street and purchase military-grade tanks or armor-piercing ammunition. I cannot even begin to image the problems a flamethrower would cause firefighters and police officers alike.”
Those sound like valid concerns.
As always, Elon Musk will find a way and before the end of the year, his flamethrower will be in the hands of thousands of excited owners.
Perhaps we might even end up with a real super hero who uses one to fight the bad guys. And it just might be Musk himself. Think Tony Stark/Iron Man or Bruce Wayne/Batman. An Elon Musk/Firestorm wouldn’t be a such a bad idea.
Planet earth is due for a real super hero. Who knows when the zombies or aliens will turn up for real?