The Boring company, owned by Elon Musk, has made flamethrowers available to the general public. Twenty thousand have been sold with the first one thousand handed out at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles, California. For legal reasons the company has named the thing that shoots flames Not-a-Flamethrower.
It didn't take long for video's of people using the flamethrowers to be posted online.
Musk seems to think it's funny and tweeted about it.
Almost forgot! Due to recent regulatory/customs rules enacted to inhibit transport of anything called a Flamethrower, we have renamed our product: “Not a Flamethrower”.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 9, 2018
Last year the damage caused by 9,133 forest fires in California alone included 1,381,405 acres destroyed at a cost of over $13 billion, two firefighters lost their lives and twelve more were injured along with 41 people killed and another 199 sustaining fire related injuries.
Yeah, this is hysterical.
The countdown begins for the first lawsuit.
This didn't stop people from immediately taking to the internet to show off the new (dangerous) toy.
Picked up “Not A Flamethrower” in LA. Convinced some drunks to let us spook their neighbors with it. Checked it at the airport as “a toy.” Got “randomly selected” 3 times between the 2 of us, reaking if propane. Item itself was never flagged. Here’s CPD photobombing the finale: pic.twitter.com/ou37zhqyK9— Johnny Xmas (@J0hnnyXm4s) June 11, 2018
People were expressing a lot of anger at Musk for putting this dangerous product on the market.
what the fuck are you gonna do with a flamethrower you freakin epic le bacon CEO of a startup ass favourite show is Entourage ass wearing sneakers with jeans to the office ass bitches— lucy valentine (@LucyXIV) June 11, 2018
For legal reasons, Elon Musk named his $500 flamethrower gun "Not-a-Flamethrower", after which the GOP suggested naming AR-15s “Not-the-Problem”.— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) June 13, 2018
yeah it’s dumb that thousands of weird dorks bought an unregulated flamethrower from elon musk but on the bright side you gotta imagine at least a few will accidentally burn their dicks off— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) June 10, 2018
I hope everyone who buys an Elon musk flamethrower burns their fucking house down— 🌈 Judgement Kazzy (@dumbmongreldog) June 10, 2018
"people are already misusing elon musk's flamethrowers" you say as if there's some proper use. An altruistic reason to fire a fucking jet of flame— *Pocket Boy* (@DashingCripple) June 12, 2018
Elon Musk gave white people flamethrowers I’m never leaving my house again— Matt (@mattvii_) June 12, 2018
But there is hope.
The most adult thing I’ve done in 2018 is request a refund on a $500 flamethrower I ordered from Elon Musk.— Jimmy (@jfwong) June 3, 2018
Unfortunately, while Musk was selling his flamethrowers in Los Angeles, this evacuation order was also being posted.
#SouthFire, 160 acres with zero containment. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS!— LA County Sheriff's (@LASDHQ) June 10, 2018
ALL streets south of Maple St. up to Wildwood Canyon Rd.:
CALGROVE BLVD/VALLEY ST
HASKELL VISTA LN
GREEN CREST DR pic.twitter.com/giL3nmOMxD
Perhaps Musk should just focus on finishing his cars.
H/T: Business Insider