Brit adapts S African auto flamethrower

A British gentleman has built upon the pioneering research of 1999 Ig Nobel Peace Prize winners Charl Fourie and Michelle Wong of Johannesburg, South Africa (who were honored for inventing an automobile burglar alarm consisting of a detection circuit and a flamethrower). The Daily Telegraph reports:

Flame-thrower scooter owner arrested

Colin Furze, a plumber [and then some] who adapted his scooter to shoot 15 ft flames from the rear, has been arrested for an alleged firearms offence. Mr Furze, 30, displayed his modified his scooter, with an anti-tailgating flame thrower operated by the flick of switch, in the press earlier this week. But Lincolnshire Police spotted the pictures of Mr Furze allegedly riding his scooter on a public highway – and arrested him on Thursday.

(Thanks to investigator Mark Baard for bringing this to our attention.)