Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

People are already torching things they shouldn't with Elon Musk's flamethrowers

People are already torching things they shouldn't with Elon Musk's flamethrowers

In another tweet with a photo of a couple with their flamethrower and a baby carriage, Musk wrote, "Nothing makes your baby more zen than a few gentle puffs of a TBC Flamethrower'".

Amid an ongoing national debate over gun reform and the Second Amendment, some took issue with the fact that such risky machines were sold for a mere $500 by the Boring Company, which did not require a background check of would-be flamethrower owners. The announcement was huge for the fledgling company - even with the "Not a Flamethrower" flamethrower bringing in $10 million alone in sales.

It's officially called "not a flame thrower" because of federal shipping regulations.

The gun lobby, however, was not amused. And yes, for legal purposes, Musk had to rename his flamethrower to "Not a Flamethrower".

After Elon Musk presided over deliveries of the first batch of his tunneling company's flamethrowers, a handful of the devices have found their way to eBay where they are being offered at more than six times the original price.

The YouTuber Justine Ezarik unboxed the device in a video over the weekend, in which the tech reviewer Faruk Korkmaz commented: "Read the terms, they're not joking".

In a Doctor Seuss-style poem, the company made buyers of Not a Flamethrower promise not to 'point it at their spouse.' It also has customers agreeing to "not use this in a house", although Musk himself tweeted that it's obviously the "best way to light your fireplace". Musk just announced on Twitter that the first 1000 "Not A Flamethrower" flamethrowers have been picked up. "When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower".

"Anyways, we are hosting a Not-a-Flamethrower pickup party in Los Angeles on June 9, 2018, from noon to 5 pm". People formed long lines to get hold of their very own flamethrower. "Where should we throw our next pick up party?"

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