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Feb 21, 2016 1:56 PM

Dartmouth latest campus to ban hoverboards

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is joining the growing list of universities that ban self-balancing scooters on campus.

The Dartmouth school newspaper reports that the college's director of safety, citing concerns about the products' combustible lithium-ion batteries, recently announced the ban in an e-mail to students and staff. The ban prohibits the use of the scooters — commonly called hoverboards — as well as their possession or storage on campus.

The Associated Press reported last month that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has investigated 28 hoverboard-related fires in 19 different states.

More than 30 universities — including the University of New Hampshire — and three major airlines have banned hoverboards. They're also banned on New York City streets.

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