University of South Carolina bans hoverboards in dorms

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver B.J. Daniels rides a hoverboard as he arrives for an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Seattle. Amazon is warning British customers that their hoverboards may be unsafe, the latest in a string of warnings about the popular scooters. Amazon says some of the boards it sold are unsafe because they have “a non-compliant U.K. plug" and should be disposed of at a recycling center. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — The University of South Carolina has banned hoverboards in dormitories and a school spokesman says the university is considering banning them from campus entirely.

Local media outlets report that university spokesman Jeff Stensland says hoverboards are being banned in the university’s 26 residence halls because of the possibility of collisions and concerns about their batteries causing fires.

USC joins a growing number of universities nationwide restricting the use of hoverboards. Already at least 20 universities have banned or restricted them.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating 28 fires in 19 states tied to the motorized scooters. The agency says there have also been reports of people suffering serious injuries in falls from hoverboards.

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