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12 June 2018, 05:06 | Melvin Schneider

Elon Musk and the Boring Company Deliver its First 'Not a Flamethrower' Flamethrowers

Flame on! Elon Musk says Boring Company delivers its first ‘Not-a-Flamethrowers’

The company sold 20,000 of the machines, but the first 1,000 were distributed at an event at the Boring Company's headquarters in Los Angeles. "When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower".

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

You never know what Musk will come up with next.

'Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!'

Musks' official Twitter account and the account for the Boring Company together tweeted a total of 16 photos from the event, mostly of their customers testing out the new product.

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The announcement of the flamethrower sales followed the company selling roughly 50,000 hats for $20 each, raising $1m in revenue. Musk tweeted the terms and conditions for the owners on the style of Dr. Seuss. "The best use is creme brulee ..." The devices shoot flames four feet from the nozzle of what looks like an Airsoft rifle with a small propane tank attached at the top.

Some customers are already trying to turn a profit on the device. (Late Monday morning, the cheapest one was priced at $2,250.) A listing for just the instruction manual was asking for $250. He has advertised the flamethrowers as "guaranteed to liven up any party", drawing a huge reaction online. The most eager customers can forgo the bidding process and pay the eBay "buy it now price", which is as high as $20,000.

Musk named the item "Not a Flamethrower". And some see Musk's latest ploy as particularly reckless and insensitive.

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". It has been the most dramatic fundraising technique for The Boring Company by Elon Musk to date and it met its fair share of resistance as well.

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