Is Elon Musk legally allowed to sell flamethrowers for US$500?
Elon Musk owns a tunneling startup called the Boring Company, and to hype up interest, he started selling merch: US$20 hats with the company's logo on the front. Pretty tame stuff.
But the hats were a success—they made more than half a million dollars—so Musk took the next logical step and expanded his merch selection to include flamethrowers. Yeah, real-life Boring Company flamethrowers, available for pre-order now, and priced at $500 each.
So far, Musk says that he's sold 7,000, meaning he's made $3.5 million. That also means that come springtime, when these things start shipping, there will be at least 7,000 flamethrower-wielding fanatics running around the world. It might look a little something like this:
If you're wondering, yes, it's perfectly legal to sell (and own) one of these things. Personal flamethrower ownership is unrestricted in every state except California and Maryland, and California's laws only concern devices with flames that extend beyond 10 feet. Based on the videos above, there's a good chance you're in the clear.
Along with a flamethrower, you can also buy a Boring Company fire extinguisher that is "overpriced" ($30) and comes with a "cool sticker." I would absolutely recommend it for all flamethrowing novices, which I'm guessing is everyone. Stay safe (and burn-free) out there.