A Flamethrower was an option on cars in South Africa in 1998
Yes, an owner could get their car with flamethrowers installed
In 1998, car thefts were increasing in South Africa. Nearly every day people were losing their cars. In order to combat these car thieves, Charl Fourie invented the 'Blaster'. As the name suggests, it was a flamethrower that could be fitted to your car in order to prevent it from being stolen. In other words, you could burn the thief!
According to Charl, the fire from the 'Blaster' would blind a person and not kill him. "This is definitely non-lethal.... A person is not going to stand there for a minute while you roast him. It will fend off the attacker, and that's the end of it", he said.
The Blaster could be fitted to your car for 3,900 rand ($655) and was located in the trunk of the car. It used to thump out liquefied gas from a bottle from two nozzles found underneath the car's doors.
Johannesburg Police Superintendent David Walkley was the first person to get this fitted to his car and said that 'there are certain risks in using it, but there are also risks in not having anything at all."
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