Orders for flamethrowers in the USA were set a new record at the weekend when over 7,000 flamethrowers, priced at $500 each sold within just a few hours, making the company, Boring, an estimated $3.5m. Businessman Elon Musk set up The Boring Company a year ago after getting stuck in a traffic jam and tweeting: “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging …”. Musk, the multi-billionaire founder of electric car company Tesla is well known as a maverick businessman. He had promised that if The Boring Company sold 50,000 baseball caps at $20 each he would start selling flamethrowers.
The hats sold out, and Musk started selling $500 flamethrowers on Sunday, tweeting: “Guaranteed to liven up any party!” He also put Boring fire extinguishers up for sale, which despite him saying they were overpriced were snapped up in thousands.
Why? It would appear that this was a publicity gimmick which in 2018 can easily go viral. The flamethrowers and extinguishers are on pre-order so there might be a few refunds in the process in the cold light of day, and it will surely only be a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured or worse. In the UK flamethrowers (as described), are considered weapons and as such are illegal. Additionally, importing such weapons to the UK would be likely to mean that an unwelcome visit from HM Customs might be delivered instead. Anyway, if you want party fun, a chocolate fountain would probably go down equally as well …
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