Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s tunnelling plans have taken an unexpected turn after his tunnelling firm, The Boring Company, began selling flamethrowers.
The company’s move into merchandising began last year when it sold 50,000 branded baseball caps. At the time Musk promised on Twitter that if 50,000 were sold, the company would start selling flamethrowers.
After 50k hats, we will start selling The Boring Company flamethrower— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017
Now it appears Musk has made good on his promise, selling the flamethrowers for $500 (£353) each. According to Musk, more than 17,500 flamethrowers have been sold since they went on sale on Saturday.
Reaction to the stunt has been mixed, with Californian Assembly member Miguel Santiago immediately pledging to block sales of the flamethrowers with new legislation.
Musk first announced his plans to tunnel under Los Angeles in December 2016 after getting stuck in traffic. Since then he has elaborated on his idea to create an underground network of traffic tunnels across the city, claiming cars would be able to travel through the tunnels at 130mph on electric skates.
A tunnel boring machine (TBM) has already been built for the project and a 4.5m deep “test trench” was dug at Musk company SpaceX’s LA headquarters last year, according to Wired magazine.
But US engineers have already cast doubt on the project, with US engineering professor Costa Samaras advising the project is too complex.
Musk has now changed his Twitter profile description to “Zombie Defender”.