Elon Musk’s Boring Company Delivers First 1,000 Flamethrowers

    Photo from the California Pick Up Party (Twitter/@elonmusk)

    Back in February we reported on Elon Musk’s The Boring Company launching a flamethrower. Well Musk’s flamethrowers are beginning to make it into the wild. The first 1,000 ‘Not A Flamethrower’ flamethrowers were handed over to customers this week. A series of ‘Pickup Parties’ have been planned with one of the first taking place at Space X’s headquarters in California.

    The sale of the $500 ‘flamethrowers’ came after following a tweet from Musk that his tunnel boring company, The Boring Company, would sell a flamethrower if the company sold 50,000 Boring Company hats – which of course they did. The company sold 20,000 flamethrowers in just 4 days.

    The party allowed people who had ordered their ‘Not A Flamethrower’ flamethrowers back in February to collect their toys, the party included everything from marshmallows to a Mariachi band. By all accounts the pickup event was well organised with hundreds in attendance.

    Sean over on the Really Great Gear youtube channel shared a video of the Pickup Party where he collected his ‘Not A Flamethrower’:

    Orderly queues were formed and people were allowed into a collection area where they could toast marshmallows, eat churros and listen to a mariachi band before getting to pose with one of the company’s flamethrowers. After that proud owners could pick up their flamethrowers as they left.

    Musk himself didn’t attend the party on 9 June, but did post some photos of he event on his twitter page:

    Sean at Really Great Gear also shared his unboxing of the flamethrower showing off what comes in the box, including a manual, lots of foam and a propane tank.

    20,000 people pre-ordered the flamethrowers when they launched and similar pickup parties are said to be happening elsewhere while those unable to attend will receive their flamethrowers through the mail, sometime this summer.

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