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Elon Musk’s Boring Company puts first 1,000 flamethrowers in buyers’ hands

Elon Musk’s Boring Company puts first 1,000 flamethrowers in buyers’ hands

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

Well, the most logical guess would be that Musk's Boring Company raising $1 million from sold hats and a further $10 million from Not a Flamethrowers, minus production and shipping costs, could be contributing to Musk's multiple start-ups without taking on the same debt or diluting ownership like most ventures usually would.

The clever idea behind these flamethrower pick up parties originally stemmed from the fact that shipping these devices proved to be quite hard given the fact that they contained propane. The device does shoot a flame four feet from the nozzle. These flamethrowers alone raised $10 million in sales.

As such, Musk and SpaceX engineer Steve Davis thought that it would be a much better idea to do custom deliveries of the flamethrowers for those that had purchased them, according to Teslarati. The company took orders for 20,000 flamethrowers, selling out.




In a quaint message to flamethrower buyers, The Boring Company sent out an email alerting customers to today's pickup party in Los Angeles. "I will not use this in a house".

Not all of the images depicted safe or controlled use of the machines, however. (Late Monday morning, the cheapest one was priced at $2,250.) A listing for just the instruction manual was asking for $250. Musk posted pictures of customers with their flamethrowers on his Twitter account. Numerous listings are priced in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.

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. "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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