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Elon Musk's flamethrowers being resold for thousands on eBay

Nellie Chapman | 12 June, 2018, 11:19

Consumer flamethrowers and rockets on cars?

Crowds of ecstatic customers are busy picking up flamethrowers in Los Angeles as Elon Musk distributes the first thousand flamethrowers today that were ordered through The Boring Company.

The SpaceX CEO's tunnel construction firm, The Boring Company, delivered 1,000 of the 20,000 limited-run flamethrowers sold a year ago.

"Nothing makes your baby more zen than a few gentle puffs of a TBC Flamethrower", Musk Tweeted in the afternoon, raising some eyebrows and eliciting responses like: "America is terrifying", "this ends badly", "How is this legal?"

As shown in Musk's tweeted pictures, hundreds lined up at the pickup site in Los Angeles to get their purchases and pose for pictures as flames licked out from the flamethrowers' barrels.

According to CNBC, Musk's Boring Company "sold 20,000 units - or $10 million worth - in just five days", despite the fact that the "flamethrowers" have been described as closer to blowtorches, and another party is also reportedly in the works.

Right now, The Boring Company's website says they are sold out of "not a flamethrower", but you may want to check back soon.

Still on a roll, Musk followed up with a suggested application for the flamethrower: lighting BBQs and home fireplaces. If no wood, just drop your flamethrower in fire place!

One user on Twitter criticized Musk for promoting and selling flamethrowers in California, where fire hazards are frequent.

Earlier this year when news of the flamethrowers came out, it resulted in $10 million Dollars gross revenue in just a few days. Only 20,000 of them would be made, he said, and they quickly sold out.

On Saturday, Musk hosted a pick-up party in Los Angeles where dozens gathered to get their hands on the first batch.

The 2020 Tesla Roadster with the SpaceX option package won't see light before 2019, so we'll have to wait longer to see if Musk really meant it when he promised rocket thrusters.