Hoverboard popularity is on the rise, and so are explosions and fires related to these devices. The shocking number of hoverboard fires has prompted the California State Fire Marshals office to issue a consumer warning.
Fires started by hoverboards have been reported across the United States, the United Kingdom, and China. An incident caught on video in Los Angeles, California shows a hoverboard smoking, sizzling, and then bursting into flames.
In Folsom, a hoverboard caught fire and caused $5,000 in property damage. The Folsom Fire Department found a burning hoverboard inside when they arrived. According to the family, after the hoverboard was charged for about 45 minutes, it was unplugged. Shortly thereafter, the device began hissing and making popping sounds, it then exploded and started a fire. One person was hit with battery fragments, which flew nearly 15 feet.
Following the recent incident in Los Angeles, the local fire department issued safety warnings to owners. A representative from the Los Angeles Fire Department has advised hoverboard owners to get these devices out of their homes, as they could lead to house fires.
Despite warning about the dangers of hoverboards, the Los Angeles Fire Marshall also provided some safety tips on buying, using and charging these devices.
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