LSU issues temporary ban on Hoverboards due to safety risk

LSU issues temporary ban on Hoverboards due to safety risk
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU announced a change in policy on Thursday, banning students from using self-balancing two wheeled scooters, also known as Hoverboards, on campus and campus-run housing.

"We have made the decision to prohibit the use, possession, or storage of electronic skateboards including self-balancing boards/scooters, and other similar equipment in all university-managed residence halls, apartments, and Greek houses," says a press release from the LSU Department of Residential Life. "We are not willing to risk your safety and your community's safety."

The change comes after LSU officials met with their Risk Management and Safety board and determined that the board's batteries can burst into flame, especially while being charged.

Officials say the ban will stay in place until safety standards for all models of the popular motorized toy are implemented.

LSU urges all students travelling back to campus from Winter Break to leave these devices at home.

The Hoverboard, one of the hottest gifts of 2015, have been called dangerous after Baton Rouge area doctors report of a spike in injuries to their riders, as well as the accusations of shoddy craftsmanship stemming from multiple reports of the scooters catching on fire.

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