In the Purge movie series, part of the rules of the purge are that

Weapons of class 4 or lower are allowed but weapons of class 5 or higher are restricted.

After the commencement in "The Purge: Anarchy" we then see a montage of people with their weapons getting ready to purge and one of them is carrying a flame thrower

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I'm not an expert but aren't flamethrowers considered a class 5 weapon?

  • Is it even regulated? I don't think it's technically a weapon...
    – Walt
    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:58

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The implication (since it doesn't seem to have been explicitly stated in the film or any of the associated media) is that a class 5 weapon is something that is non-directional and indiscriminate. This would logically exclude the use of chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, biological weapons, high-explosive weapons and those with a long-lasting effects such as cluster munitions and dirty bombs.

Everything below that seems to be fair game including flash grenades, miniguns, flamethrowers and small anti-personnel grenades.

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