Metra bans hoverboards due to safety concerns

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Friday, January 15, 2016

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Metra announced Friday it will no longer allow hoverboards on trains due to concerns over fire hazards.

Numerous reports of the self-balancing electronic scooters catching fire emerged over the holidays. Hoverboards were a popular Christmas gift in 2015.

"The safety of our passengers and employees is our top priority," said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. "There have been multiple reports of fires and injuries caused by hoverboard use throughout the country, and while there have been no incidents on Metra, we simply want to be proactive by banning this potential fire hazard from being carried on our trains."

Hoverboards have also been banned by all major U.S. airlines, Amtrak and Los Angeles' Metrolink rail system over the same fire hazard concerns.

Anyone attempting to board a Metra train with a hoverboard will not be allowed onboard.