‘Exploding’ hoverboard blamed for destroying Louisiana family’s home

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LAFITTE, La. -- A Louisiana woman said her son's hoverboard caught fire while charging and destroyed their home.

Five days before Thanksgiving, Jessica Horne's 12-year-old son received a hoverboard. The futuristic skateboards are powered by lithium batteries, allowing riders to move while steering with their feet.

A day after he first used the hoverboard, Horne's son was charging the battery when flames started shooting from both ends.

Although Horne had heard of injuries caused by people falling off hoverboards, she told WGNO she has never heard that a hoverboard might catch fire.

"It was like fireworks ... the middle part of the board, just 'poof,'" Horne said.

She said the fire was so intense that her house was in flames within minutes.

The hoverboard was purchased from "Fit Turbo" on Amazon.com, according to the report.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission told WGNO there have been eight reported injuries involving hoverboards that required a trip to the emergency room over the past three months.

However, all of the injuries were related to falls and not fires.

An agency spokesman also said that "federal rules prevent (the agency) from speaking specifically about a brand name product."

However, the CPSC "strongly encourages" consumers to report product safety issues.

For more information check out its website saferproducts.gov.

The Louisiana fire marshal's office is investigating the fire.

1 Comment

  • Mason

    Lithium batteries are pretty much in everything and I can only imagine how many volts are running through something with an internal battery..To “shoot fireworks” from the moving parts…not the electronic parts makes me a bit skeptical. I’ve never dismantled one of these so I can’t know for sure. I hope karma or whatever powers that be see the situation through the way it should whether that be that this crazy thing did happen and they have their home and time compensated, or if it be that this case is dismissed based on unfortunately another person trying to make money for doing nothing .

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