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Q: Is it legal to build a DIY propane torch in Maryland

This section of the law worries me: Maryland Criminal Law Section 4-501

I would use a 1lb camping propane tank as fuel.

The flame would be under 6ft.

The intent would be to put it in a Baby Yoda plush to make Baby Yoda breathe fire.

The operation of the device would be done under the supervision of fire department personnel.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: What is criminalized is incendiary or explosive material that is combined with a delivery or detonating apparatus so as to be capable of inflicting injury to persons or damage to property, in other words, a weaponized delivery system of explosive or incendiary matter. What you are describing sounds like a fireworks display for entertainment purposes, not a destructive device. There may be fire code or other local ordinances that limit certain dangerous activities of this nature. Whether your flame spouting plush Baby Yoda is actually a weapon of some kind cannot be determined simply from your bare description, however. Someone’s entertaining fire candle device may be somebody else’s illegal flame thrower.

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