Augusta University Bans Hoverboards

B.J. Daniels
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver B.J. Daniels rides through a hallway at CenturyLink Field on an electric self-balancing scooter commonly called a "hoverboard," as he arrives for an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Seattle. Since December 2015, several universities have banned or limited hoverboards on their campuses, saying the two-wheeled, motorized scooters are unsafe. 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Augusta, GA–  Students and visitors at Augusta University will need to leave their hoverboards at home.  In a press release sent to local media today Anthony Wagner, Chief Business Officer, announced that hoverboards (like the one pictured) are banned from all areas of the camps.

Wagner stated the fire safety concerns for the reason behind the ban saying, ”  Augusta Universit prohibits the use, possession and storage of hoverboards or similar devices on university-owned property and in all facilities ownded or operated by the university due to documented fire and safety concerns.  We will reevaluate the prohibilition of these devices once fire safety issues have been addressed by device manufacturers.”

There have been no reports of hoverboard related fires or issues connected to Augusta University to date.


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