Elon Musk now has a $500 flamethrower and they're selling out

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A year ago the firm sold hats for $20 (~R239) a pop though flamethrowers are a touch more unsafe than a hat.

During the course of Musk's Twitter session this weekend, the serial entrepreneur confirmed that 4,000 Boring Co. flamethrowers have already been sold. You can also get a Boring-branded fire extinguisher at the same site, for $30.

After a successful run selling hats, billionaire Elon Musk's The Boring Company has expanded its offering to include flamethrowers. " The flamethrower is not to be used "on Boring Company decorative lacquered hay bales or Boring Company dockside munitions warehouses". The entire flamethrower episode is a joke taken too far, way past the point of no return and probably past the solar system as well.

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As The Washington Post's Jessica Contrera reported in 2015, flamethrowers face limited regulation because they aren't considered a "firearm", which - unlike a flamethrower - is defined by its ability to expel a projectile using an explosive.

"The rumour that I'm secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers is completely false", the Tesla CEO tweeted on Sunday. Redditors in a few SpaceX, Boring Company, and Musk-related subreddits noticed earlier this week that the URL "boringcompany.com/flamethrower" started redirecting to a page with a password box. A pre-order will set you back $500. He also sells a flamethrower.

While The Boring Company is mainly a geotechnical engineering firm, Musk has been getting the (intentionally cheeky) name out there by sharing neat concept videos and selling hats. But perhaps because of the media attention, Musk has now officially unveiled the official Boring Company flamethrower in a very "Elon Musk" way. The Boring Company's unit is certainly on the right side of that. The Ohio-based company Ion Productions launched an Indiegogo campaign in support of its XM42 flamethrower in 2015.