Teen Equips Drone With Flamethrower Now!
Austin Haughwout, a 19-year-old mechanical engineering student from Clinton, Connecticut, shot a four-minute video of his weaponized drone launching jets of flame onto a dead and spitted turkey. You might remember the kid from the gun bearing drone which made quite a controversy some months ago.
The new video, posted on Haughwout’s YouTube page has the description: “This is how to roast your holiday turkey.” It has so far gathered 50,000 views. For those interested in making their own drone rotisserie chef, the 19-year-old included all the components of the self-assembled unit, which included eight propellers, motors and a pump.
“There was also a significant number of 3D printed parts, wiring, soldering, and miscellaneous parts included,” the teenager said.
The video has sparked a controversy, prompting the local Channel 8 news to report it to the police department. The police said that they had no comment at the time.
Drone advocates meanwhile said Haughwout’s actions were dangerous and irresponsible.
“Anyone who does anything of this nature or a similar nature is operating unsafely and irresponsibly, and I certainly would not condone it and I would certainly chastise it as would any responsible operator,” drone advocate Peter Sachs, told Channel 8.
The advocate claims that using an airborne flame-thrower on a turkey could violate FAA regulations that forbid carelessly and recklessly using the drones in a way that could endanger life or property.
“It could very well have created a much larger fire that might very well have endangered the life or property of another,” said Sachs.
This is not the first time that a video produced by Haughwout has caught news headlines. This summer, the 19-year-old posted a video of a handgun strapped to a drone, firing from it. It has been watched around 3.4 million times.