Max Craddock was about to board a party bus in the port city of Olbia, Sardinia, with his newly purchased flamethrower when he quickly became aware that Italian law does not allow privately owned flamethrowers or ditto items on a party bus. Not even if it was made to order by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
He was arrested and placed in custody. It writes the newspaper Techcrunch, who took a closer look at the legal consequences of owning the product. Craddock, who thought he would receive a warning, was shocked when he was told by the judge that possession of a flamethrower could result in up to 10 years in prison.
Craddock was lucky and was released after a week in jail, but he is not the only one who got into trouble with justice. Author John Richardson was in his home in London when someone knocked on the door. He opened and was met by five armed policemen. The reason? He had also bought a flamethrower from Elon Musk. In Switzerland, up to 1,000 buyers have had their flamethrowers confiscated and fined.
It is not only in Europe that the police have struck. People in the USA have also had unwanted contact with the police and authorities due to the flamethrower. US authorities have now increasingly begun to classify Elon Musk’s “plow” flamethrower as a dangerous weapon, writes Techcrunch,