Marines Are Torching Christmas Trees With Flamethrowers… And People Are Loving It!

The Parris Island Marines are torching Christmas trees with WWII flamethrowers and it’s all in good fun.

This Christmas tree bonfire was started by the Parris Island Fire Department to educate the public about the dangers of dry Christmas trees which are highly flammable.

People everywhere wishing they could have this toy!

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Leave it to the Marines to turn an annual fire safety demonstration into a fun-filled flamethrower festival.

Their annual Christmas tree bonfire is yearly event that was started by the Parris Island Fire Department to educate the public about the dangers of a dry Christmas tree, which is highly flammable, 1st Lt. Bryan McDonnell, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island spokesman told Business Insider.

The Marines then added a flamethrower, excitedly pulling a World War II-era weapon out of the museum.

The flamethrower used at the annual Christmas tree bonfire is an actual Marine-issued M2 flamethrower maintained by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Command Museum, Mr. Eric Junger, G3 Curriculum Department, told BI.

The M2, an iconic weapon for Marines storming islands in the Pacific during the World War II, “is the most successful and longest serving model of flamethrower ever produced,” he explained. It could effectively pour flame on targets 20-40 meters away.

The weapon used in the tree-scorching was only slightly modified for convenience and safety.

A handheld propane torch was added as the ignition source to ensure constant ignition, as the original igniters are old, temperamental, and ridiculously expensive. And the fuel is diesel, not napalm.

While the annual Christmas tree bonfire has been around for a few years now, the Marines first introduced the flamethrower to the event last February. More

Holy smokes! This is a good way to spark a kid’s interest to join our military and start to develop a love for our great nation.

Next year they should sell tickets for a chance to operate a flamethrower. Why is nobody else asking where they can go pick up a flamethrower?

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