It's every parent's nightmare: a toy that shoots fire.
Ok, it's not technically a toy. The creators of this product make that very clear. But try explaining that to a teenager.
The device is called the Pyro Mini. It straps onto your wrist just like a watch, and uses a remote to shoot balls of fire. And those fire balls can travel up to 40 feet. That sounds dangerous.
Although anyone can purchase and operate the device, it was specifically designed for people working in the entertainment industry. Pyro Mini was created by magician Adam Wilber, who was looking for an easier way to work with fire during his shows. Last year, he released the first version of the product. Pyro Mini is a new, upgraded model.
To get a quick burst of flames, the Pyro Mini uses Flash Cotton or Flash Paper. This material is known for igniting easily and burning out in just a few seconds. It leaves very little ash behind.
What's scary is that the Pyro Mini requires users to load Flash Cotton into the barrels on their own. There is an instructional video to explain the safe way to do this. One can only hope that everyone will watch it.
Before strapping the device onto your list, the creators recommend firing it 20-30 times—that way, you won't burn yourself. The remote has a range of 30 feet, which means you don't even need to be in the same room to fire it.
Fully charged, the Pyro Mini can shoot up to 600 shots. And the device uses a USB cable to make recharging easy.
There are some who can't wait to get their hands on a Pyro Mini:
— Zaby (@mukuba2002) November 18, 2015
And considering the Pyro Mini only costs around $150, it's safe to assume that a lot of people will be throwing flames from their wrists very soon.
That makes us nervous. But what do you think? Should this be another product (like drones) that has government regulations? Are you concerned about the safety risks? Let us know in the comments below.
Watch the video below to see the Pyro Mini in action: