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

Daniel Fowler
June 12, 2018

Musk had earlier sold 50,000 hats to help raise money for the project.

The Boring Company-branded flamethrowers are listed on the auction site with prices ranging from $3,000 (£2,200) to $20,000 (£14,900).

For reasons that may seem obvious, especially if you have seen pictures of exuberant customers wielding their flamethrower, Musk has been criticized for hawking a device that poses a safety risk.

Musk'sTwitter thread started with a straight announcement, "First 1000 Boring Company Flamethrowers being picked up today!"

'For simple & concise instructions, we drew upon wisdom in great Dr Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham"'.

The guns, which are more of a blowtorch than an actual flamethrower, are receiving some criticism for being risky. Don't worry if you can't make it; all Not-a-Flamethrowers will ship out this summer! "I will not use this in a house".

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Musk said the device was renamed Not-a-Flamethrower, "due to recent regulatory/customs rules enacted to inhibit transport of anything called a Flamethrower".

Musk later posted a photo of a couple with a baby carriage and a flamethrower standing in front of a Boring Company photo shoot backdrop in a parking lot.

The disclaimer also mandated that consumers check off several boxes under the prompt, "I understand The Boring Company isn't responsible for anything I do, no matter how genius or stupid".

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

But The Boring Company had an even bigger surprise for their customers, and this was to hold a special flamethrower pick up party on June 9 in Los Angeles so that the first thousand flamethrowers could be personally distributed, something that has gone down as a treat with buyers.

It's unclear how much a round-trip would cost, but the Boring Company said it will be "comparable to or lower than current public transportation fares".

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