Would You Like to Buy Your Own Flamethrower?

Would You Like to Buy Your Own Flamethrower?

Folks, the future is now. Thanks to some ingenious folks at Throwflame, a startup company, Americans can now exercise their God-given right to shoot flames as far as 50 feet. Yes- we can finally buy flamethrowers on the open market.

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Though flamethrowers were discontinued in the US military after the Vietnam War, companies are now marketing the dangerous weapons as toys for the general public to buy.

Throwflame, a Cleveland startup, is selling $1,599 flamethrowers that can shoot fire 50 feet. Ion Production Team of Detroit is selling devices for $900 that can shoot flames 25 feet.

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The devices were banned by the military as part of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which sought to restrict weapons that were considered excessively injurious.

Throwflame founder Quinn Whitehead and Ion CEO Chris Byars claim that their flamethrowers have caused no injuries and that safety is the companies’ main priority.

‘We always have the people who just want it for fun. Impress the neighbors at the BBQ,’ Whitehead told CNNMoney.

Ion Productions has placed a warning on their website that flamethrowers ‘may result in injury or even death’.

There are, however, practical uses for the devices outside the neighborhood cookout, the CEOs said.

They said that the flamethrowers can be used by farmers to clear fields and burn away unwanted brush, and that firefighters can use them for controlled burns.

While Throwflame’s fire comes from a hose connected to a backpack holding fuel, Ion’s flamethrower is powered by a fuel can attached to the device.

Buyers don’t need to go through background checks when buying the flamethrowers, as they are not regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Some states do have their own laws against the devices, though. In Maryland, they are completely banned. California considers them illegal ‘destructive devices’ but they can be used with permits on movie sets.

Though they are not banned in National Parks, displaying one could lead to prosecution for causing ‘unrest’, Parks’ regional chief ranger William Reynolds told CNNMoney.

Both companies ship their devices – Ion through USPS and Throwflame through UPS – though without without fuel.

Dear Santa, I swear I’ll be good. I’ll be a model citizen; just please, please bring me a flamethrower for Christmas!

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