Anti-Bear Flamethrower

David Girag of Glendale, CA recently was granted a patent (11,877,572) for a "portable flame propelling device" to deter an attack by an animal "such as a bear, lion, dog, or human."

I think this would just anger a bear, and then cause a forest fire.

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 30, 2024
     Category: Animals | Fireworks and Pyrotechnics | Patents | Weapons

Judging from the picture, it also repels the rare dog-faced hippopotamus.
Posted by ges on 01/30/24 at 07:50 AM
It uses piezoelectric ignition. I've never had one of those light on the first click. Three clicks is more or less standard, but a hundred is possible. (Yes, I know they're ubiquitous, and my furnace and water heater never miss a beat, but anything handheld never works right for me. Common: lighter with a long stem for use in starting charcoal, it's always faster and easier to simply hold the trigger back and light it with a BIC (which uses flint-and-steel technology).)
Posted by Phideaux on 01/30/24 at 04:47 PM
Alex, are you sure it wouldn't first cause a forest fire, and only then and *therefore* anger a certain bear?
Posted by Richard Bos on 02/03/24 at 03:03 PM
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