- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina has banned hoverboards in dormitories and a school spokesman says the university is considering banning them from campus entirely.

Local media outlets report that university spokesman Jeff Stensland says hoverboards are being banned in the university’s 26 residence halls because of the possibility of collisions and concerns about their batteries causing fires.

USC joins a growing number of universities nationwide restricting the use of hoverboards. Already at least 20 universities have banned or restricted them.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating 28 fires in 19 states tied to the motorized scooters. The agency says there have also been reports of people suffering serious injuries in falls from hoverboards.

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