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The Thermonator, the world’s first robot dog equipped with a flame-thrower, is now available for purchase

At long last, the world’s inaugural flame-throwing robotic canine is now accessible for public acquisition in the United States. What potential risks or negative outcomes could occur?

Throwflame, a company based in Ohio, is selling the “Thermonator” on their website for $9,420, which includes free shipping within the United States.

The quadruped robot is equipped with a remotely operated ARC flamethrower that is powered by either gasoline or a gasoline-diesel mix. This flamethrower has the capability to emit a 9-meter (30-foot) flame from its nozzle. Equipped with laser sensors for navigation and obstacle avoidance, humans can control the robot using a control pad that shows a first-person view through an onboard camera. Fortunately, it appears that autonomous control is not a viable choice.

Although the robot shares its name with a cybernetic assassin sent from a post-apocalyptic future, the company clarifies that Thermonator has been designed for various non-malicious purposes such as wildfire control and prevention, agricultural management, snow and ice removal, and entertainment.

The website also features a “Defense Procurement & Export” portal catering to military entities seeking to acquire the product.

Do not worry if this has a slightly illicit odor. Flamethrowers are completely legal and mostly unregulated in 48 states in the United States. Only two states, Maryland and California, have regulations on flame-wielding weapons. In Maryland, owners are required to have a Type 9, 10, or 11 Federal Firearms License. In California, the device must be able to fire less than 3 meters (10 feet).

Flamethrowers are generally permitted and lack regulation in the majority of jurisdictions. According to Throwflame’s website, it is highly likely that we can deliver the product to your location.

Elon Musk, a billionaire, took advantage of lenient regulations when the Boring Company introduced blowtorch guns, which were explicitly marketed as “NOT-A-FLAMETHROWER.”. The company asserts that 20,000 units were sold at a price of $500 each, which is accessible to consumers. Once again, the purchase of the flamethrower, or blowtorch, tool was legally permissible in the majority of US regions, albeit subject to customers consenting to rather peculiar terms and conditions.

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