One of Elon Musk’s latest inventions has firefighters in Southern California burning mad.
And in a state known for its wildfires, authorities say these products can do a lot of damage.
Flame throwers that look like weapons are the latest sensation from Elon Musk.
He’s already sold 20,000.
Tonight as Orange County firefighters extinguish another blaze, this time off the 241, the new flame throwers have crews seeing red.
“We’ve had three major fires in Orange County just in the last couple of weeks. Everything’s ready to go. We just didn’t get the rain again this year so it’s already brown, the question is moisture’s very low, so anytime you have somebody or kids even playing with these flame throwers, it’s gonna be a recipe for disaster,” said Orange County Fire Capt. Tony Bommarito.
Musk made $10 million on the flamethrowers to raise money for his tunnel construction company.
At about $500 each, they sold out.
But we found them online on Craigslist for $1,500 and on Ebay for up to $2,000.
They act like a giant bunsen burner.
A propane tank of about 14 ounces connects to the rest of the device.
Click the ignition switch then pull the trigger.
Firefighters who just battled the Aliso Fire less than two weeks ago can’t believe they’re legal.
Lawmakers tried to introduce legislation to ban any sort of incendiary flame cannon by civilians.
But Musk already thought of that.
That’s why he labeled it — Not A Flamethrower.
But those we spoke with say the name doesn’t change the fact that they see it as a dangerous gimmick.
“What if I’m out and about, let’s say I have a child or something and then somebody comes out with a flame-thrower. What am I going to do? There’s nothing I could do to protect my children.”
“My concern is like, if a teenager gets it. Yeah, they don’t make good decisions.”
The billionaire tweeted a warning over the weekend, reminding people to use the flame-throwers “as directed to avoid unintentionally burning things down.”
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