Elon Musk sells out of his 20,000 flame-throwers
Flame-throwers sold out in days despite questions over legality
If you really had your heart set on buying that $500 US flame-thrower from tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, you're too late.
Musk tweeted overnight that all the 20,000 flame-throwers being sold by his Boring Company have been snapped up
Flamethrowers sold out—@elonmusk
The devices sold out in just days after Musk posted a video on Instragram of him messing around with one of them. The sale started shortly after the video went up.
The whole thing apparently started as somewhat of a joke when Musk tweeted back in December that if The Boring Company could sell 50,000 hats the firm would start selling the flame-thrower.
The sale also drew criticism from a California politician who said he would introduce legislation aimed at banning the flame-throwers.
"We don't allow people to walk in off the street and purchase military grade tanks or armour-piercing ammunition … I cannot even begin to imagine the problems a flamethrower would cause firefighters and police officers alike," state assemblyman Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles said in statement.
Musk has argued that the flame-throwers are legal.
ATF says any flamethrower with a flame shorter than 10 ft is A-ok. Our design is max fun for least danger. I’d be way more scared of a steak knife.—@elonmusk
In a tweet after he announced that the flame-throwers had sold out, Musk said they will ship with a complimentary Boring Company fire extinguisher.
The Boring Company is Musk's venture to dig tunnels for a system that would move people underground in their personal cars instead of in subway cars.