Elon Musk: I’ll dub my flamethrower “Not a Flamethrower” to thwart customs
"Some customs agencies are saying they won’t allow shipment of anything called a 'Flamethrower,'" Musk tweeted on Friday night. "To solve this, we are renaming it 'Not a Flamethrower.'"
To be fair, that might be a more accurate label. As Ars Technica's Ron Amadeo wrote earlier this week, the Boring Company's "flamethrower" looks like it's "nothing more than a propane torch with fancy styling."
Military-grade flamethrowers can project flames 30 to 100 feet. The Boring Company's device is designed to shoot flames less than 10 feet. Conveniently, that makes it compliant with a California law regulating sales of flame-throwing devices with range higher than that amount. But it also means that calling it a flamethrower in the first place is a bit of a stretch.
Musk is apparently making things up as he goes along here. In a follow-up tweet, Musk suggested he might dub the novelty product a "Temperature Enhancement Device" instead to satisfy customs officials.
Musk also announced that purchasers of these $500 flamethrowers—or whatever he winds up calling them—will come packaged with a free Boring Company fire extinguisher. They'll also come with individual serial numbers.