The Boring Co. had been retailing these separately as $30 add-ons, but maybe some of the criticism levied against Musk and his company for selling something that potentially unsafe got through, or maybe no one bought any of the fire extinguishers and so they had a bunch of stock they needed to be ride of.
The $10 million raised from the sales will be used to help bankroll the Boring Company's expensive plans to build tunnels under parts of Los Angeles and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
But soon after Musk announced on Wednesday, January 31, that all 20,000 limited edition flamethrowers had been sold, listings began appearing on online auction sites at vastly inflated prices. The devices were available for pre-order at a price of $500 each, and customers were also able to buy an "overpriced" fire extinguisher with a "cool sticker" for $30.
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To promote the flamethrowers, Musk, who is also the CEO of vehicle manufacturer Tesla Inc. He managed to sell 20,000 flamethrowers for $500 United States dollars each, which means the underground digging company has pocketed close to $10 million USD.
He demonstrates his new flamethrower in this video, courtesy of Guardian News. The range being between 25 and 50 feet breaches the 10 feet limit posed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that Musk stated in defence of his gadget, however, so be warned.
Musk's efforts to jokingly downplay the risks involved with owning a flamethrower haven't stopped campaign groups from complaining.