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This LA Assemblyman is fighting Elon Musk's flamethrowers





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Elon Musk's tunnel-digging venture The Boring Company has a new product that's taken the internet by storm. It isn't an electric shovel or a driverless motorcycle. No. It's a fire-breathing flamethrower.

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Musk told his internet followers to buy them, and they did in droves. More than 15,000 were pre-ordered in just a few days. But one California lawmaker doesn't think it's such a good idea to play with fire. Take Two checked in with Los Angeles Assemblyman Miguel Santiago about the danger flamethrowers pose to the public.

California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) pictured in a photo from the lawmaker's official website.
California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) pictured in a photo from the lawmaker's official website.
Office of Assemblyman Miguel Santiago

"There are reasonable uses flamethrowers. Firefighters use them to clear bush. Also, people use them in restaurants," Santiago said. "But when something is shaped like a toy gun, it invites people to point it at someone or something."

In an public statement, the Democratic lawmaker called the move to sell flamethrowers "incredibly insensitive" to the fire-ravaged state of California. He plans to introduce legislation to block the distribution of the devices before they end up in consumers’ hands.

"Over the years, I have grown a great level of respect for [Elon Musk] who's a genius. He has brought us some amazing technologies and has created a lot of jobs," Santiago said. "I am sure he doesn't intend for anybody to get hurt."

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