Elon Musk tweeted an update this morning putting total sales of his Boring Company’s flamethrower to 15,000, or $7.5M in sales. This is within just over 24 hours of launch, with the only official advertising being done through Musk’s twitter account. There are only 5k total for sale so if you want one, you can get one here.
But wait, there’s more: the flamethrower is sentient, its safe word is “cryptocurrency” and it comes with a free blockchain
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2018
Elon’s flamethrower is apparently already facing backlash as California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) is seeking to ban the public sale of his flamethrowers in the State of California. According to California Health and Safety Codes 12750 to 12761, flame throwers with a flame propulsion longer than 10 feet requires a permit from the State to sell or own. However, Musk has confirmed that the Boring Company flamethrower will have a max propulsion shorter than 10 feet, thereby passing the legal requirements put out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2018
Assemblyman Santiago released the following statement referencing The Boring Company’s collaborative relationship with the city of Los Angeles.
“The state of California and the county and city of Los Angeles have entrusted Mr. Musk to help alleviate a real public policy problem here by executing a tunnel under the city to help alleviate traffic. This deviation feels like a slap in the face.
Like most Americans, I am in awe in of Mr. Musk’s genius — the brains behind Tesla, PayPal, SolarCity, and SpaceX. But as President Truman and Stan Lee have taught us all, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ There are many times in which technology and inventions benefit society, but are not made available to the public. We don’t allow people to walk in off the street and purchase military-grade tanks or armor-piercing ammunition. I cannot even begin to image the problems a flamethrower would cause firefighters and police officers alike.”
You can read his full statement here.
Updated: As of this morning, 8:30 AM PST, Elon tweeted that they’ve sold 15k flamethrowers. Only 5k left.