Thursday, January 14, 2016

Eastern Kentucky University bans hoverboards from dorms

(AP) — Eastern Kentucky University officials are asking students returning to campus next week to leave their hoverboards behind.

The school has joined more than 30 other universities nationwide that have banned or restricted hoverboards on their campuses recently over concerns that the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters are unsafe.

In an email sent to students this week, Eastern Kentucky announced that hoverboards are prohibited from the university's housing facilities.

Chief External Affairs Officer for Communications and Marketing Kristi Runyon Middleton says the decision was made largely because of concerns that the items could catch fire.

Middleton says hoverboards can currently still be used on university property.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported last week that it's investigating 28 fires in 19 states tied to the motorized scooters.