Elon Musk sells first 1,000 flamethrowers for the Boring Company

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The Boring Company, Musk's tunnel construction firm, claimed to have sold 20,000 of the weapons at $500 each, netting a total of $10m (£7.5m).

"Nothing makes your baby more zen than a few gentle puffs of a TBC Flamethrower", Musk Tweeted in the afternoon, raising some eyebrows and eliciting responses like: "America is terrifying", "this ends badly", "How is this legal?" Fact is, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised both and this weekend he delivered on his promisedpersonal flamethrowers.

The "Not A Flamethrower" flamethrower made famous by Elon Musk is officially in the hands of customers.

As of Monday morning there were a number of ads on eBay with "buy it now" prices listed as high as $20,000. (Shortly after the sale was announced, the items were dubbed "Not a Flamethrower" in order to circumvent shipping regulations against items called flamethrowers.) On Saturday, the company distributed the first 1,000 of them in LA.

Instead, the Boring Company torch guns function like large propane blowtorches.

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As the promotional device started to land with customers, Musk posted a safety warning to customers on Twitter, stating: 'Please use as directed to avoid unintentionally burning things down. "When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower". The announcement was huge for the fledgling company - even with the "Not a Flamethrower" flamethrower bringing in $10 million alone in sales.

'For simple & concise instructions, we drew upon wisdom in great Dr Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham"'.

The Boring Company sold the devices to help raise money to fund testing and development of its tunneling machines.

Musks' official Twitter account and the account for the Boring Company together tweeted a total of 16 photos from the event, mostly of their customers testing out the new product.

It's unclear how much a round-trip would cost, but the Boring Company said it will be "comparable to or lower than current public transportation fares".