Elon Musk sells first 1,000 flamethrowers for the Boring Company

The first 1,000 flamethrowers have been collected according to Musk

The first 1,000 flamethrowers have been collected according to Musk

The billionaire inventor and chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX announced the sale of the flamethrower a year ago.

While it was interesting news from Elon Music and the Boring Company, we couldn't help but imagine having a flamethrower in our lives.

OK, so calling it a "Not a Flamethrower" may not be the most poetic way to refer to the $500 flame-throwing device - the Boring Co. took 20,000 pre-orders - but Musk isn't the most conventional of chief executives.

The Boring Company is a tunnel construction business founded in 2016 to provide the infrastructure for an underground Hyperloop.

Fact is, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised both and this weekend he delivered on his promised personal flamethrowers.

While most customers were thrilled about the idea of owning and using a flamethrower, there were some who expressed concerns about it being misused by minors and criminals. "When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower".


Musk tweeted that the instruction manual drew its inspiration from Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham". "I will not use this in a house".

The best use is crème brulee...

Not all of the images depicted safe or controlled use of the machines, however.

Some customers are already trying to turn a profit on the device. Prices range from just under $3,000 to one listing with a "Buy it Now" price of $20,000.

As of April the company said it had raised over $112m in equity, 90% of which came from Musk himself. And some see Musk's latest ploy as particularly reckless and insensitive.

Choosing one of his favorite communications forums, Musk took to Twitter to post some photos of the flamethrower customer pickup event, accompanying his tweets with enthusiastic comments. "I bought something completely awesome and frivolous, so I'm going to also donate $1000 to the California Wildfire Relief Fund", he said on Twitter.

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