December 28, 2022
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem got a hot Christmas gift from her staff — literally.
Noem’s staff gave her a Pulsefire LRT flamethrower with an engraved plate of the state motto “Under God, the people rule.”
A video posted to Twitter shows Noem decked out in camouflage torching a pile of cardboard boxes on a snowy farm.
According to Tennessee-based ammunitions company MidSouth Shooters, a Pulsefire LRT costs about $650.
Noem spokesperson Ian Fury says no tax dollars were used to buy the flamethrower.