20-year-old man faces charges over using flamethrower in park
Japan Today -- Jan 24
Papers were sent to prosecutors on Monday on a 20-year-old man who used a flamethrower at a park in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, who works as a temporary employee, faces misdemeanour charges. He is suspected of using his flamethrower last Aug 12 and Sept 24 in the park, Fuji TV reported. The flame-emitting weapon is 50 cms long and when the trigger is pulled, is capable of setting objects alight at a range of two meters.

Police learned of the incidents after the man filmed himself using the flamethrower and posting the footage on a video-sharing website.

He was quoted by police as saying, “I wanted a lot of people to see it online. I thought I might be able to sell the flamethrower.”

Police said he told them he made the flamethrower himself, using materials he bought at a home center.

神奈川県内の公園で自作の火炎放射器を使ったとして、20歳の男が書類送検された。 自作の火炎放射器。全長60センチ、重さ3キロほどで実際に炎が出るという。 自作した男(警察での供述):「インターネットで販売したかった」 こう供述しているのは、横須賀市の20歳の男。
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