Elon Musk’s ‘Not A Flamethrower’ Devices Show Up On eBay For Thousands

Elon Musk’s ‘Not A Flamethrower’ Devices Show Up On eBay For Thousands

Strictly speaking, Musk's creation is not actually a flamethrower because it only shoots fire for a short distance.

Billionaire space exploration hobbyist and business magnate Elon Musk held the hottest party in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Musk sold 20,000 of his latest freaky consumer products at $500 (R6 535) a pop, apparently to raise both funds and awareness of his futuristic new transportation tube project in Los Angeles.

With 20,000 flamethrowers soon to be in circulation, expect more flame-throwing displays on social media. "Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!" A tweet from Musk urged people to avoid "unintentionally burning things down". The announcement was huge for the fledgling company - even with the "Not a Flamethrower" flamethrower bringing in $10 million alone in sales.


With the Boring Company, Musk aims to build a network of underground tunnels in Los Angeles that would move cars on electric skates. I will not use this in an unsafe way. He has advertised the flamethrowers as "guaranteed to liven up any party", drawing a huge reaction online. An instruction manual was for sale for $250 (R6 535). The most eager customers can forgo the bidding process and pay the eBay "buy it now price", which is as high as $20,000.

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. And some see Musk's latest ploy as particularly reckless and insensitive.

At the pick-up event punters tested out the flamethrowers (which are definitely flamethrowers) by torching marshmallows. "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. Look for more from Elon Musk and the Boring Company coming soon.

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