Even though this is a real thing, it still sounds like something out of a futuristic movie.

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American University Bans Hoverboards

Hoverboards are dangerous enough that American University is banning them entirely from the campus. The temporary ban comes after reports that some of them were blowing up or catching on fire, injuring people.

The ban was issued by Dan Nichols, the executive director of the Risk, Safety, and Transportation Programs at AU. The ban is temporary technically, but it’s not clear when or if it will be lifted. Not only are students not allowed to ride them on campus, but they can’t even allowed to be carried around, and have been added to the list of items prohibited entirely from campus. Check out the whole memo to the campus below.

To: American University Community

From: Dan Nichols, Executive Director, Risk, Safety, and Transportation Programs

Subject: Temporary Ban on Hoverboards

Due to safety concerns associated with hoverboards that have been raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the potential impact to the safety of our community, American University has decided to institute a temporary ban on these devices. Effective January 4, 2016, and until further notice, hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters and hands-free segways, will not be permitted on campus or in any AU owned building. They will be added to the prohibited items list.

This action is being taken as part of the university’s efforts to maintain a safe campus through a comprehensive fire prevention program. Several agencies are investigating fires and injuries related to these devices.

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