Flame guns designed for use by the general public to control weed growth around their property are sold in the Manchester area as an alternative to conventional herbicides. They are generally used to burn off weeds that are growing on hard surfaces such as paving or driveways and therefore operate at high temperatures. One particular brand of flame gun that is manufactured in Taiwan has been the subject of a product recall after a man was killed while using the device.
The flame gun in question operates at temperatures of up to 1,300 degrees Celsius, and the warnings associated with the recall state that anyone using the flame gun is at serious risk of being injured. Notification for this brand of flame gun has been issued across the EU, aimed at anyone who has purchased the item for themselves or for another person. The U.K. supplier, Coopers of Stortford, has said that it is accepting the return of the device free of charge.