Elon Musk’s the boring company flamethrower recently touched the market and the headlines read- ‘Tesla’s Musk sells $10 million in flamethrowers in four days’. The Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk has closed orders for his latest novelty product, after selling 20,000 flamethrowers at $500 a piece.
“Guaranteed to liven up any party!” was Musk’s tagline for a sale which raised $10 million for his high-speed tunnel venture The Boring Company. The man behind electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA.O) and rocket company SpaceX had earlier sold 50,000 Boring Company hats in a similar fashion. The latest impromptu fundraising scheme comes at a time when financial analysts and investors in Tesla are wondering if Musk will have to seek billions more in funding for the electric carmaker as it struggles to meet promises on production. “When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower,” he tweeted last Saturday. “Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!”


Each flamethrower, he said on Thursday, would come with a free fire extinguisher and buyers need to agree to certain conditions before getting the device in spring.
It all started with a tweet. Elon Musk proclaimed at the start of the year that his new venture, a tunnel boring machine, would start digging “in a month or so” – and he’s already made good on his word.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company, which currently more closely resembles Supreme than it does a transportation infrastructure outfit, sold its 20,000th (and final) branded flamethrower. Musk officially put the flamethrowers on sale Saturday evening for $500 a pop, so his company has since raked in roughly $10 million in around 100 hours. Buyers will also receive a complimentary Boring fire extinguisher, Musk tweeted late Wednesday evening.
The flamethrowers, which are quite literally roof torches strapped to Airsoft rifles, are slated to ship this spring. There is already a politician trying to stop Musk’s idea by introducing legislation, which is adorable.
In a video posted on Instagram, Musk said “don’t do this” and then proceeded to run towards the camera with the flamethrower alight. “Also, I want to be clear that a flamethrower is a super terrible idea. Definitely, don’t buy one. Unless you like fun.”
Within hours, customers had placed orders for 7,000 flamethrowers, which at $500 each works out at $3.5m. The company had 20,000 in stock.


Musk joked on Twitter that rumors that he was “secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers were completely false”.
Musk did not respond to questions from the Guardian about the safety implications of selling flamethrowers to anyone over the web.
On Twitter, he said the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) decrees that “any flamethrower with a flame shorter than 10ft is A-ok. Our design is maxed fun at least danger. I’d be way more scared of a steak knife”.
“Buy an overpriced Boring Company fire extinguisher! You can definitely buy one for less elsewhere, but this one comes with a cool sticker and the button is conveniently right above,” the website said.
Musk set up the Boring Company a year ago after getting stuck in a traffic jam and tweeting: “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging …”
The company’s website states it plans to connect cities with underground tunnels and superfast electric “skates” that can carry cars and people. The company is planning to construct a tunnel parallel to Los Angeles’s congested I-405 – conveniently also speeding Elon Musk’s personal commute from his home in Bel Air to Hawthorne, California.

Elon Musk surely assures the future we watch in movies. Let’s hope the future turns optimism into reality.