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(Daily Herald)   Ever had one of those days where your flame thrower "accidentally" goes off and destroys your SUV? Yeah, nether did this lady   ( dailyherald.com) divider line
    More: Facepalm, flamethrower, Cook County, Illinois, Police, Gagne, model personal flamethrower, flamethrower operating instructions, Fire extinguisher, Crime  
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2018-01-13 06:36:31 PM  
"They said the $1,600 device -- purchased online and legal to own in Illinois -- uses a mix of about 3 gallons of fuel and napalm to throw flames as far as 50 feet. "

Wait, wha?  Does ThinkGeek know about this?

Also:

Deal Of The Century (1983) Flame Thrower - Just a Little Touchup!
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A little touch up.
 
2018-01-13 08:14:58 PM  
Gagne told investigators she drove into the lot across the street from Barrington's post office because she wanted to assemble the flamethrower and have it ready to present to her father the next day, according to police reports. She reportedly told police "a freak accident" occurred when the device set her SUV on fire.

Okay, let's go with her story that it was an accident. So what happened next?

Documents say Gagne unsuccessfully tried to use a portable fire extinguisher on the flaming SUV. Seeing the fire was out of control, she ran south to Dundee Road and called a friend for a ride to a Schaumburg bar, according to police documents.

She had access to a phone, but called a friend to drive to a bar, rather than the fire department, or even just 911. Okay.

"She said that she freaked out and then left the scene and made a stolen auto report out with Schaumburg police because she didn't know what else to do," wrote Allsteadt.

I get that someone would freak out. But even in a state of panic, you would say that your car is on fire near your home, not that it was stolen, which would be quickly disproven. This smells of insurance fraud, especially since:

Gagne said a friend in Barrington used his credit card to buy the $1,600 flamethrower for her because she was unable to charge it on her account, according to police.

Is it because her cards are maxed out, or she was hoping to torch it and somehow get rid of the flamethrower and file an arson claim?

But, you know, it could all just be a crazy accident with some really odd details. I'm certainly no expert.
 
2018-01-13 08:21:40 PM  

Sliding Carp: "They said the $1,600 device -- purchased online and legal to own in Illinois -- uses a mix of about 3 gallons of fuel and napalm to throw flames as far as 50 feet. "

Wait, wha?  Does ThinkGeek know about this?

Also:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/h2MW4O9I​CcM?start=170]
A little touch up.


Dammit. Came to post that one myself.
 
2018-01-13 08:57:41 PM  
Again? How many times is this lady gonna burn her car to the ground?
 
2018-01-13 09:00:15 PM  
Cue the genius who tries to thaw the pipes under a trailer with a leaf burner and sets it alight.
 
2018-01-13 09:09:22 PM  
Napalm?  Why, don't they make Ivory soap flakes anymore?
 
2018-01-13 09:10:27 PM  
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Illinois woman with a flame thrower? Me likey.
 
2018-01-13 09:12:50 PM  
Ever had one of those days where your flame thrower "accidentally" goes off and destroys your SUV? Yeah, nether did this lady

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2018-01-13 09:23:24 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Napalm?  Why, don't they make Ivory soap flakes anymore?


Or just shave down bars of cheap soap.

Or keep feeding packing peanuts to your fuel until it's thick enough to suit you.
 
2018-01-13 11:25:10 PM  

Jeff5: Or keep feeding packing peanuts to your fuel until it's thick enough to suit you.


The residue in the tank/valves would become crunchy once the solvent is gone post use.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate for the win
 
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