People are getting into legal trouble for owning Elon Musk’s 'Not a Flamethrower'

January 22, 2021
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In 2018, Elon Musk began marketing flamethrowers to help fund his company, The Boring Company.

The items were sold under the name “Not a Flamethrower” and were described as “large propane blowtorches" on its website.

According to the New York Post, more than 20,000 were sold for about $500 a piece.

But now TechCrunch reports owners of these controversial flamethrowers have been getting the devices seized by authorities, being fined, and in a few cases, even wound up in jail.

Overall 1,000 people in Switzerland have been fined for the rifle-shaped contraptions , while an American in Italy spent five days in jail for trying to board a party bus with one.

“My lawyer asked the judge, ‘Do you really want to be the guy on international news keeping an American in jail over this toy?’” Max Craddock told the outlet. “I think that was the key to getting me out.”

But authrorities are not viewing these devices as toys.

In the UK, some were confiscated as part of “Operation Viper,” an initiative intended to find illegal guns and those who possess them.

"Not a Flamethrower" has even drawn the ire of New York lawmakers who have sponsored a bill that would ban the device in the state. The measure has not progressed in the state's Legislature.

Still, despite the reports of legal troubles many are still hoping to get their hands on one of the viral flamethrowers, which the company no longer sells.

With Elon Musk’s new status as the richest person in the world, perhaps he'll offer to help out if anyone else gets in trouble for using the "Not a Flamethrower."

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