Elon Musk Sells Out 20,000 Flamethrowers in Just a Few Days

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The serial business entrepreneur is behind SpaceX, Tesla, PayPal.

Musk said on Twitter in early February that the items were sold out after just five days of market availability, but fear not; for those willing to shell out a pretty penny there is still the option of copping one of the popular flamethrowers on e-commerce site eBay. (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. The announcement was huge for the fledgling company - even with the "Not a Flamethrower" flamethrower bringing in $10 million alone in sales.

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

With 20,000 flamethrowers now in circulation, expect more flame-throwing displays on social media.

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In a quaint message to flamethrower buyers, The Boring Company sent out an email alerting customers to today's pickup party in Los Angeles.

Musk tweeted that the instruction manual drew its inspiration from Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham".

"In a flawless world, I don't see any reason why anybody needs something like this out of a legitimate commercial use".

Not all of the images depicted safe or controlled use of the machines, however.

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While others used the device to toast the top of creme brûlée...

As of Monday morning, multiple eBay listings show the device for anywhere between $2,250 and $5,000. And some see Musk's latest ploy as particularly reckless and insensitive.

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. Plus, The Boring Company said it is going to donate $10,000 to California Wildfire Relief Fund.

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