A hoverboard caught fire while charging last week and damaged a home in Clayton, North Carolina, according to WRAL.com. The fire started around 10 p.m. when homeowner Paul Papineau said the hoverboard was left plugged in too long.
The homeowners heard an explosion and thought it was thunder. Papineau's wife went to investigate and found the garage full of smoke, flames lapping at the back wall, and the front of the truck on fire. The fire department was called.
Hoverboards, which are self-balancing scooters, have been linked to fires. NFPA urges that safety precautions be followed if using the devices. NFPA's Hoverboard Safety tip sheet advises that the device not be left unattended while it is charging and includes information on signs of a problem with hoverboards, what to do if traveling with a hoverboard, and precautions to take if purchasing the device.
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