Flamethrowers are Considered Toys in the US

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(Newswire.net — August 16, 2015) — The dangerous, brutal and unreliable weapon, Flamethrowers have been abandoned by US military since the war in Vietnam. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t own one as a civilian. Flamethrowers can now be bought online in the US, and used for fun, CNN Money reported.

According to www.flamethrowers.com flamethrowers are a must-have for “controlled” burns in agriculture, melting snow and ice, lighting bonfires or just for fun. The US is the only country in the world where is perfectly legal to own this weapon. In fact, owning a flamethrowers is less regulated in many U.S. jurisdictions than than the possession of marijuana.

If you don’t want to mess with tubes and gas tanks in your garage, you can purchase one on the Internet for less than $1000.

Cleveland-based startup Throwflame offers liquid fire projectors, which can shoot flames of over 15 meters, for $1,599. A similar device by Ion Productions Team of Detroit can eject fire for around 8 meters, and costs just $900.

Emphasizing that there are so far no reports of injuries or incidents caused by their product, the company builds flamethrowers “just for fun,” and they don’t consider it a weapon.

“A lot of people just use it for a whole lot of fun,” Quinn Whitehead, the Throwflame founder told Popular Mechanics.

Thou stated that their flamethrower is not build as a weapon, Whitehead admitted that a lot of weapon lovers are interested in their product. Actually, there is no difference in effect between flamethrowers built for the army and flamethrowers built for fun, both throw flames.

According to Whitehead, lots of people are interested in packages that their company offers, which include running over cars with tanks, or shooting flamethrowers.

Another company, which also offers flamethrowers, also claims their flamethrowers are for fun and to light very big bonfires.

Flamethrowers, which were widely used during trench warfare in World War I and World War II, are banned for military use in accordance with the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons concluded at Geneva in 1980.