Last month, Elon Musk’s Boring Co. tunnel business sold 50,000 hats with the company’s name on it for $20 each. Then the Hawthorne based tunneling business followed that up by selling 10,000 flamethrowers for $500 each, which brought in $5 million. It only took two days for the company to sell the flamethrowers, which is impressive and a shows how strong Musk’s influence is at the moment. His fans were excited about the flamethrowers, but not everyone was as happy with the product such as California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). Assemblyman Santiago is worried the flamethrowers could be a public health hazard and stated,
We’ve just gone through some catastrophic fires in California. It’s a bad joke.
The Boring Co.’s website describes the devices as “guaranteed to liven up any party!” Musk tweeted after the devices sold out that a flamethrower was a “super terrible idea” and encouraged his followers not to buy one “unless you like fun.” Flamethrowers actually do have some usefulness and are used by people such as ranchers and farmers to clear their fields at the end of growing seasons. According to California health and safety codes, a person must have a permit or be part of a firefighting agency in order to use a flamethrowing device with a range of at least 10 feet. However, a Boring Co. spokesman stated that the flamethrowers will have a range of less than 10 feet, which means no permits will be needed for buyers. It is going to be interesting to see what Musk decides to sell next and how people use them when the orders are fulfilled.