In an update on Saturday, Elon Musk announced that The Boring Company would be holding a Not-a-Flamethrower pickup party in Los Angeles on June 9.
During The Boring Company’s information session earlier this month, Elon Musk, together with SpaceX engineer Steve Davis, stated that the delivery and shipment of the Not-a-Flamethrowers were delayed since shipping items with propane proved to be complicated. Thus, according to Musk, the Boring Co. has come up with a solution to its shipping problems — the company will custom-deliver the Not-a-Flamethrowers to the homes of reservation holders.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 26, 2018
As it turns out, however, the Boring Company has an extra surprise before it starts delivering the fiery device. As could be seen in a recently shared screenshot of a correspondence from the tunneling startup (credit to u/Herbrax212 of the r/BoringCompany subreddit), a pick-up party for the first 1,000 Not-a-Flamethrowers would be held in Los Angeles on June 9. Following is an excerpt from the email that The Boring Company recently sent out to reservation holders.
Anyways… we are hosting a Not-a-Flamethrower pickup party in Los Angeles on June 9, 2018, from noon to 5 pm. Up to 1,000 customers can pick up their Not-a-Flamethrower, toast some marshmallows, take some fun pics, prep to take on a zombie horde, and (of course) receive a refund for their shipping charges. Only eligible customers who have signed the terms and conditions and have registered at www.boringcompany.com/pickup may attend. Don’t worry if you can’t make it; all Not-a-Flamethrowers will ship out this summer!
Where should we throw our next pick up party?
The Boring Company
The Boring Company Not-a-Flamethrower started off as a joke from Elon Musk and yet another reference to Hollywood sci-fi flick Spaceballs. In a tweet last December, Musk stated that the tunneling startup would release a flamethrower after selling its 50,000th Boring Company hat. Sure enough, after the inventory of the hats were cleared out, signs of the Boring Company Flamethrower started emerging.
By January, musician D.A. Wallach shared a video of the fiery device on his Instagram page. Not long after that, Elon Musk officially launched the Flamethrower in the Boring Company’s website, selling the contraption for $500 each. All 20,000 Boring Company Flamethrowers were sold out within four days, raising $10 million for the tunneling startup.
The device, however, did not come without its detractors. California assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), for one, expressed his opposition to the device, citing its safety concerns. Customs agencies also stated that they would not ship anything that is branded as a flamethrower. In response to this, Musk opted to rebrand the fiery device, calling it a Not-a-Flamethrower.
While the Boring Company Not-a-Flamethrower looks like a powerful firestarter, the device is actually more akin to a propane torch fitted on what appears to be a modified airsoft rifle. Considering that the device can only shoot flames up to a few feet, the Not-a-Flamethrower is actually more similar to a Weed Dragon, which could be purchased in any hardware store, than an actual flamethrower such as the XM42-M, which can shoot flames up to 30 feet.