- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit official is trying to extinguish the use of personal flamethrowers sold online by two Midwest companies.

The companies, in metro Detroit and Cleveland, claim their devices can be used for recreation or to control weeds and insect hives, clear snow and ice, clear brush and start a bonfire.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts calls the proposed uses “pretty specious” and “silly,” the Detroit Free Press reported. Fouts wants to ban the storage, use and possession of flamethrowers in his city because he believes the devices are dangerous.

Warren City Council members currently are considering the mayor’s proposed ordinance, but the issue was put on the back burner at a meeting last Tuesday.

The two companies say flamethrowers are legal in Michigan and most other states.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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