Virginia colleges, universities grounding hoverboards

B.J. Daniels
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – University and college campuses across Virginia are grounding flying skateboards – more commonly known as hoverboards.

The University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and several other schools are banishing the boards amid concerns they pose a hazard for students who ride them and to others. There are also worries about the product itself.

Nationally, more than 30 universities have banned or restricted the two-wheeled, motorized scooters on their campuses because of safety concerns. Beyond the risk of falls and collisions, colleges are citing warnings from federal authorities that some of the self-balancing gadgets have caught on fire.

At Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, hoverboards are banned inside campus buildings, but it does not extend to outside areas.

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