>> The Boring Company. It may not hit your radar, that is, until this week. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, is also behind this tunnel digging, or tunnel boring company. And in a PR stunt that's taken social media by storm, Musk started selling flamethrowers over the weekend.
And by mid week, 20,000 of them were sold out, helping The Boring Company to raise $10,000,000. It's almost all he's been tweeting about this week. He's even posted videos of himself using one, and says when the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Reuter's correspondent, Alexandria Sage.
>> Certainly Elon Musk is no stranger to big, bold publicity stunts to further his interests. But the fact of the matter is, is that he's got a lot on his plate right now. He's struggling with production of the Model 3 Sedan. He is launching a rocket with SpaceX, the biggest rocket they've ever launched before.
And he also has financial results next Tuesday. And this quirky focus on flamethrowers might strike some as a little bit of a distraction technique. But not everyone is laughing at Musk's jokes, after all, California is coming out of two historic wildfires in the past year. California lawmaker Miguel Santiago issued a statement earlier this week saying he would try to introduce legislation to block sales to the public.
And said quote, the State of California and the County and the City of Los Angeles have entrusted Mr. Musk to help alleviate a real public policy problem here by executing a tunnel under the City to help alleviate traffic. This deviation feels like a complete slap in the face.
It's not clear why Musk is selling the flamethrowers. He says he's throwing in fire extinguishers for free as well. Perhaps it's because The Boring Company hat sales didn't fire up the public in the same way.