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VA Resident Uses Flamethrower to Clear Driveway of Snow [VIDEO]

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If the show fits, as they say. When one southerner woke to find his driveway covered in snow, he took matters into his own hand. He busted out a flamethrower and melted the frozen mess. Though the technique worked well, and certainly cleared his driveway, many who saw video of the incident feel like he crossed a line.

“One southwest Virginia man got a little overzealous when tasked with clearing his driveway after this most recent snow storm,” ABC writes.

Nathanael Caplinger wasn’t going to waste time with a shovel. Shovels just move the mess from one place to another. You still have the mess, just in a different place.

Caplinger told ABC that he isn’t a fan of shoveling snow. He’d seen an advertisement for a blowtorch that could be used for snow clearance.

“He bought one after researching the state and local laws and consulting with local officials,” ABC said.

It is less dangerous than it look, he said. “Make sure there’s no flammables nearby,” he added. “Make sure it’s only what you want to burn, make sure afterward hang out for about a half hour, make sure nothing reignites.”

The police in Amherst, Virginia agreed that it isn’t against the law. And when it is done safely, the process is highly effective. For one, the melting snow creates water. Water is difficult to burn and has a way of saturating flammable objects.

And the process is less stressful on the body, too. Or it would be, if it were used safely. There are numerous devices that use this concept. Most of them, though, are more compact and contained.

It appears to be an XM42-M. The device is mostly marketed for fun. It is capable of kicking out a stream of flame that is surprisingly long.

The handheld device runs on a fuel canister and is very light. While it requires two hands to operate, it is easily controlled. Could this be a new trend in urban snow removal?