Elon Musk's "Not-A-Flamethrower" flamethrowers are leading to (you guessed it) a complete lot of fiery folly.

Starting in January, about 20,000 folks shelled out $500 apiece for the propane-fueled units, offered by Musk's The Boring Firm (TBC), in response to an announcement on TBC's web site. The primary 1,000 have been delivered June 9 to their gleeful homeowners, and unsurprisingly, they’re being utilized in spectacularly irresponsible methods — lots of which have been shared on social media.

Some artistic purposes for the hearth makers included grilling steaks, popping popcorn, igniting Tiki torches and even lighting up what seemed to be a large blunt, Futurism reported. [Watch SpaceX's Elon Musk Play with a Flamethrower (Video)]

Flamethrowers have been as soon as utilized in trench warfare, and at present firefighters use the hand held torches for back-burning — creating managed burns in an effort to include a fireplace by preemptively destroying wooden that it will use for gasoline, in response to the Worldwide Affiliation of Wildland Hearth.

However lots of those that purchased TBC's Not-A-Flamethrower had way more frivolous makes use of in thoughts, as all of them too readily demonstrated.

YouTuber Justine Ezarik (@ijustine) posted a video on June 18 that confirmed her testing Not-A-Flamethrower in her yard, cooking scorching canine, an egg, a hamburger, a pan stuffed with popcorn and a complete hen. At one level within the video, Ezarik remarked, "Who would have thought? Pretend grass and flames don't combine," suggesting that she had unintentionally set fireplace to the factitious turf in her yard.

Different Not-A-Flamethrower homeowners merrily demonstrated how you can use the flamethrower to gentle a campfire, sear the floor of a crème brulee, or ignite the top of what seemed like a large, hand-rolled blunt.

On June 9, after Musk tweeted repeatedly concerning the flamethrower pickup occasion at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, Twitter person @SPPhotonic questioned why Musk was no more involved about fireplace hazards in California, the place file drought has not too long ago contributed to among the worst wildfires within the state's historical past.

Musk's response was disappointingly flip. He remarked that fireplace extinguishers have been offered alongside the flamethrowers and promised TBC "ice blaster" could be supplied "earlier than the dry season begins in winter."

Is the sight of all this flaming foolhardiness sparking your curiosity in a flamethrower of your individual? Whether it is, Musk and TBC can't aid you — Not-A-Flamethrower gross sales "at the moment are full," in response to the corporate web site. Nonetheless, you would possibly have the ability to fulfill your burning need on eBay, the place you possibly can choose up one of many now-defunct flamethrowers for $1,000 to $5,000.

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