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Flamethrower Cars In South Africa

Posted on: January 24, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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Many car manufacturers and security companies have worked hard over the years to make car theft a thing of the past. That said, despite the many different types of car alarms, club locks and immobilisers created, it seems that thieves will always work out a way to by-pass a vehicle anti-theft device.

Yet, there is one device, designed and built in South Africa in 1998 that will stop pretty much all would-be car-jackers in their tracks. It’s call ‘The Blaster’ and is basically a pair of flame throwers designed to squirt liquefied gas from a bottle in the car’s boot through two nozzles located under the front doors.

Indeed, car owners were able to protect themselves by simply flipping a switch in the car. This ignited the flamethrower and sent a five metre plume of flame straight towards the assailant’s face. Attackers were blasted with flames from both sides as a result and, according to inventor Charl Fourie, would not die from the flames but could definitely become blind!

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Fourie came up with the idea after becoming disturbed by the huge carjacking problem in his home country of South Africa. In 1998, when he invented the machine, South Africa was considered the carjacking capital in the world.

Despite the crime statistics, Fourie’s invention did not go over too well with the general public. The Blaster came under a lot of fire (no pun intended) after it’s release because people felt it would not deter car-jackers from stealing, but would merely make them shoot the driver before approaching any vehicles. Weighed down by this opposition, The Blaster found it difficult to find traction and the device soon became unprofitable.

Although reports said that it had been banned, it had in fact sold a few hundred units before being pulled. In addition, Fourie was awarded the Ig Nobel Peace Prize, a parody of the Nobel Peace Prize for his invention in 1999.

Thankfully, such a device is not available here in Australia, and even it was, there is little doubt that we would find some alternate uses for The Blaster’s gas fuelled flames. How about taking it along on your next camping trip to use when it’s toasted marshmallow time? Or you could speed up your next car washing process by using The Blaster technology as a “quick-dry” solution.

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