SPRINGFIELD (CBS) – Springfield Police arrested a man and charged him with possession of a flamethrower following a traffic stop early Sunday morning.
Officers stopped a car on East Columbus Ave. after a passenger, who was later identified as Brandon McGee, was standing up and recording video from an open sunroof.READ MORE: More Than 1,200 Mass. Kids Test Positive For COVID-19 This Week
Springfield Police said the car didn’t have an active inspection sticker.READ MORE: 7-Year-Old Girl Grazed By Bullet On Talbot Ave. In Dorchester
When the driver stopped, an officer saw what they believed was the grip of a rifle under the passenger seat. The three people in the car said it was not a gun, but instead a flamethrower that McGee said was his.
McGee had an active warrant for his arrest for receiving a stolen motor vehicle and operating with a suspended license. Additionally, he was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon with an active warrant and possession of an infernal machine.MORE NEWS: WBZ-TV Reporter Bill Shields Retiring After 41 Years
The flamethrower was labeled from Elon Musk’s “The Boring Company.” Musk’s company produced a limited number of the devices, which they called “The Boring Company’s Not A Flamethrower.”