Kean University Bans Hoverboards

Students at a New Jersey college better leave their hoverboards home when they return from break.

Kean University has banned the popular devices for fear they can cause fires or injure students. The school will confiscate any hoverboard on its Union and Ocean campuses.

Spokeswoman Susan Kayne tells the school acted on the recommendation of the state Fire Safety Division, which has suggested all colleges prohibit them.

A hoverboard caught fire and damaged a home in Lacey Township in December. Emergency rooms have also reported people have been injured using the self-balancing scooters.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission told NBC New York that it is currently investigating more than 20 hoverboard fires in 17 states, including cases in Chappaqua, New York, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, and Staten Island.

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