Self-defense flame throwers! - SupChina

Self-defense flame throwers!

This small handheld device is capable of scaring away the bad guys.

It is sold to women on the online marketplace Taobao

to fend off unwelcome advances in China.

The so-called “self-defense flame throwers” can shoot flames as far as 19 inches.

They cost between $2 and $80.

“Whether the person is following you or not, we need to throw the flames to warn them,” one ad said.

Police said that it is “technically illegal” to send the devices to customers through the postal service.

Jia Guo

Jia Guo is from the coastal city of Qingdao. She has an M.A. in multimedia journalism from NYU and has worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.