Fact of Fiction? It is legal to have your car retro-fitted with a flame thrower to ward of carjackers in South Africa. Fact!
With carjacking rampant in 1990s South Africa (in excess of 13,000 incidents per year), inventor Charles Fourie patented “The Blaster,” a flame-throwing device that could be retro-fitted to cars to ward off would-be attackers. “Casting a man-high fireball, reportedly with no damage to the paint, the Blaster … squirts liquefied gas from a bottle in the automobile's trunk through two nozzles, located under the front doors. The gas is then ignited by an electric spark, with fiery consequences.”
CNN reports that South African courts “allow killing if convinced that it's in self-defense.” Never mind the fact that flames shoot from both sides of the car simultaneously, posing great risk to pedestrians and passersby. In a society wherein cars are, for many, a luxury, some were willing to go to great lengths to stay in "the driver’s seat."
Can you imagine lighting someone on fire to stop them from stealing your car? Wouldn't it be better to just give them the car? ". . . Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?" (1 Corinthians 6:7).
Post Script: Wondering how the invention fared in its battle against crime? Motortorque.com (http://motortorque.askaprice.com/blog/tag/flamethrower-car/) reported in 2009 that fewer than 1000 were ever sold, suggesting that criminals simply resorted to shooting their victims from a distance, effectively nullifying the Blaster’s usefulness.