No, we’re not kidding. After weeks of teases, Elon Musk has confirmed that The Boring Company is selling… a flamethrower. That’s right, the same company digging traffic-skipping tunnels is now offering a weapon. Plunk down $500 for a pre-order (there’s no word on when it will ship) and you can have the “world’s safest” fire-breathing weapon. Just in case it isn’t safe enough, though, there’s also a $30 branded fire extinguisher.
There are 20,000 on sale. And before you ask: yes, these should be legal. Musk said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allows throwers with flames shorter than 10 feet, which looks to be the case here.
Why a flamethrower? Musk hasn’t said, but he did indicate that he would sell a flamethrower when Boring Company hats sold out, and he’s clearly living up to that promise. It’s certainly consistent with the firm’s “if it sounds good, do it” ethos — remember, Elon Musk founded The Boring Company on impulse after he was caught in traffic. It’s undoubtedly going to garner attention as a marketing ploy. The question is, what happens if and when the flamethrower sells out? We have a hunch that Musk would be happy to top this with another novelty, especially since the company’s first tunnels won’t see service for a while.