YouTube star shoots his Elon Musk flamethrower, police pay him a visit

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A popular YouTuber might be having too much fun with his Elon Musk-created flamethrower, and police have paid him a visit and want to take it from him.

According to YouTube star theSyndicateProject—aka Tom Cassell—Manchester, England, police want to talk to him about the Not-A-Flamethrower he purchased from Musk’s Boring Company, because, as Kotaku notes, it violates local firearm laws.

Cassell, the gaming vlogger who boasts 9.9 million YouTube subscribers and 2.6 million Twitch followers was apparently out of town when three police officers rang his doorbell. He then tweeted a photo showing police at his front door.

On his Twitter feed, Cassell said he talked to police on the phone, and he was told that the flamethrower breaches a section of the law that reads that it’s illegal to have “any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas.” Cassell continued by writing, “So what does this mean? – Either hand the ‘Not-a-flamethrower’ over to the police. or, They arrest me for being in ‘possession of it’ & search my house for it. or, Obtain a warrant to search my house instead.”

Meanwhile, he said his lawyer is out of the country, and he’s waiting to hear back before proceeding.

Cassell told Kotaku that there wasn’t a warrant for his arrest, but he’s also declined to give up the flamethrower to police.

“When I first spoke with them, they asked for me to hand over the Not-A-Flamethrower, to which I replied that I wouldn’t [be] doing [it] as I’m awaiting legal guidance before making any decisions,” he told the website.

In the video below, Cassell shows off his new purchase as he burns a little figurine of himself on a driveway.

Musk’s flamethrower has seen plenty of controversy since it was produced and made available to the public. He sold them for $500, and buyers have shot off flames near children and used it for cooking and baking purposes. Throughout the controversy, Musk has been whimsical about the dangers associated with giving flamethrowers to the 20,000 people who ordered them.

Manchester police, though, apparently aren’t so light-hearted about the subject.

H/T Kotaku

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.