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Purdue builds flamethrower for Burning Man Festival

A Purdue designed flame thrower that shoots flames 130 feet in the air will be featured at the upcoming Burning Man festival.

Posted: Aug. 24, 2018 5:34 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A Purdue designed flame thrower that shoots flames 130 feet in the air will be featured at the upcoming Burning Man festival.

The 'BFF' or Big Friendly Flame was designed in the Propulsion Design, Build, Test class at Purdue's Zucrow Laboratories.

The class was challenged by a sponsor to build a gas fueled flame thrower capable of shooting flames at least 80 feet in the air.

Professors said this is the type of challenge that only students at Purdue have the resources to accomplish.

"You get to do a cool project like this and I think it really gives the students a unique experience to learn a lot but then also to have some fun with it," said Carson Slabaugh, assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering at Purdue.

The BFF will be mounted on top of a fire truck and driven through crowds at the festival.

Burning Man starts Aug 25 in Nevada.

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