MSU issues ban on hoverboards due to fire hazard

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MURRAY, Ky. (AP) – Murray State University has issued an immediate ban on hoverboards on campus, citing safety concerns.
In a statement released Sunday, university spokeswoman Adrienne King says the ban prohibits the use, possession, storage and charging of hoverboards in residence halls, college courts, all other campus buildings, campus grounds and regional campus locations. It will remain in effect until more information and better safety standards exist for hoverboards.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a strong warning about hoverboards after batteries within the devices were reported to burst into flames – especially while being charged – resulting in a metal fire that can burn with intense heat.
Numerous other campuses across the country have also banned these devices.

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