Elon Musk and controversies go hand in hand! Sometimes, it’s his tweets that cause controversies and other times a possible feud with others. Today, it’s about an online war between Musk and the Escobar family, as the former is accused of copying the design of a flamethrower.
According to a report by TMZ.com, Musk’s The Boring Company’s ‘Not A Flamethrower’ is the result of Pablo Escobar’s idea of a flamethrower.
It is suggested that back in 2017, Pablo Escobar’s brother Roberto met one of Musk’s engineers with the idea of developing a toy flamethrower, which could burn money. While the 2017 meeting never came to a conclusion, Musk’s Boring Company announced the Not A Flamethrower in 2018, igniting the anger flames amongst the Escobars.
One thing worth considering is that Musk’s Not A Flamethrower proved to be a success and earned millions in profit.
Soon after, the Escobars came up with their own flamethrower on the market that too, priced at just $500. Furthermore, Escobar’s flamethrower has got a price cut and it now costs $250.
Apart from launching a cheaper version of Musk’s flamethrower, Pablo Escobar and his family are likely to take Musk to court and file a lawsuit against him for stealing Escobar’s intellectual property.
Elon Musk, via a tweet, responded to the allegation by defending himself and the company —
It’s Not a Flamethrower, Mr Escobar https://t.co/TXH02nixIc
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 11, 2019
While there is no word on what would happen to this battle, Musk has a patent on the flamethrower, meaning there isn’t a case at all.
We will keep you updated on whatever happens. So, keep on visiting Fossbytes for more information.