Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

University of Missouri Administrators Say 'No' to Hoverboards

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

University of Missouri Administrators Say 'No' to Hoverboards

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Students zipping to the University of Missouri-Columbia campus on hoverboards will have to make a U-turn.

University administrators sent an email to students Friday saying that "self-balancing scooters" more commonly known as "hoverboards" would be banned from campus.

"If you own one of these devices, please do not bring it to campus," the email read, in part. The email cited a Dec. 16 U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission statement saying that the hoverboards present a fire hazard and that commissioners weren't sure why.

"CPSC field investigators are actively investigating hoverboard- related fires across the country and will open new cases as they come to our attention," the statement said. "We have purchased boards in the marketplace and we have taken possession of boards that caught fire. …

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