- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

BERGENFIELD, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey fire department is warning residents to keep an eye on their hoverboards after they responded to one smoking over the weekend.

Bergenfield Fire Chief Jerry Naylis tells The Record newspaper (https://bit.ly/1YLfdG1) they were called to a house Sunday night after a resident used it and said it started smoking. Naylis says it was in the house and “just started to burn.” Firefighters were able to dismantle part of it and turn it off.

The department is planning to report it to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Officials are also investigating a separate hoverboard fire that happened in Lacey Township on Sunday.

Hoverboards are motorized, two-wheel scooters. They have been a hot gift item.

The three largest U.S. airlines banned them because of potential fire danger.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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