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This Company Is Selling Drone-Mounted Flamethrowers to the General Public

Throwflame's new drone is made for clearing brush from power lines and that sort of thing. It's also ... a flying flamethrower.

by Matthew Gault
18 July 2019, 8:50am

Image: Throwflame

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

As Elon Musk’s Boring Company proved, flamethrowers are largely legal in the United States. Random hobbyists, meanwhile, have been strapping flamethrowers to drones for years now, despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to prevent flying guns from becoming commonplace. For people who don’t want to DIY, there’s now a commercially available, flamethrower drone available for purchase.

The newly released, four-pound TF-19 WASP flamethrower drone attachment, made by a manufacturer called “Throwflame,” shoots a 25 foot stream of flame that Throwflame says is great for clearing brush, wasps nests, and debris on powerlines. Throwflame claims its one gallon tank will give the conflagration enthusiast 100 seconds of firing time.

The $1,499 flamethrower drone may seem ridiculous on the surface, but Throwflame is just tacking into a growth market. People have been attaching flamethrowers to drones for years now, and power companies do actually use them to clear trash and debris off of high voltage wires. It’s actually safer and more efficient than sending a human up in a cherry picker to pull off the garbage.

It’s not for everyone and it’s more than a little scary, but if you need a flamethrower drone, well, now you can buy one.