Elon Musk just made more than $6 million selling flamethrowers

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Musk first floated the idea for The Boring Company on Twitter in December previous year, telling his followers he had sold out of branded hats and meant to sell flamethrowers next.

Musk announced as a joke that the company would start selling flamethrowers if The Boring Company was able to sell more than 50,000 baseball caps. Safest flamethrower being a relative term, you can also supposedly order a fire extinguisher with it.

The entrepreneur, who is also the CEO of vehicle manufacturing firm Tesla and aerospace firm SpaceX, said Monday that The Boring Company had sold 7,000 flamethrowers. Musk also mentioned that after the flamethrowers, their next product is going to be the Boring Company Freezegun. More than 2,000 people have pre-ordered the device so far, according to Musk on Twitter.

His Boring Company - yes, that's the one that digs tunnels - has released a flamethrower for some reason that probably has more to do with branding than a pivot to manufacturing more kinds of destructive devices than just enormous drills.

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Almost two months later, a seemingly playful joke turned oddly real with Musk noting that a flamethrower could come in handy.

"The rumor that I'm secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers is completely false", Musk wrote. Either that, or Musk knows something about some sort of flammable C.H.U.D. creatures thanks to the folks at The Boring Company.

And for those wondering South African laws don't expressly prohibit the sale or ownership of flamethrowers though we would check with your local authorities before dropping close on R6 000 for Musk's latest product. "Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!"

While The Boring Company is mainly a geotechnical engineering firm, Musk has been getting the (intentionally cheeky) name out there by sharing neat concept videos and selling hats. It should start shipping in spring, Musk says.

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