Remember that moment in Spaceballs when Yogurt talked about his merchandising work and how we all laughed when he showed us “Spaceballs: The Flamethrower”? Yeah, it’s not so funny now because you actually buy a flamethrower that flings napalm at your intended target for your personal use. You can probably write “Spaceballs” on it if you want.
The X15 flamethrower is now on the market for the hot (pun intended) price of $1,600 from a company called XMatter. The company’s co-founder Quinn Whitehead told Popular Mechanics (http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a16651/x15-flamethrower-consumer-flame-thrower/) in an interview that his fire flinging gizmos can throw flames at a distance of 50 feet using a tank that holds 3.3 gallons of fuel or napalm with a special mix.
Whitehead says that his flamethrower does have purposes beyond just setting things on fire and watching them burn such as agricultural and pyrotechnical uses. However, he admits that most people just rent or buy his flamethrower “for a whole lot of fun.” If there wasn’t a period in that quote, we probably would have read the phrase “property damage” and “fire insurance” somewhere.
The scary part is how easy it is to get. Right now, according to Whitehead, only California and Maryland are the only states in America that either require a permit to own a flamethrower or prevent ownership due to fire code laws. The rest have no laws regarding flamethrower ownership or usage. And if you’re one of those people who is OK with that, just remember that Florida is one of those states without any flamethrower laws on its books. Yeah, sleep tight.