Two Oklahoma universities ban hoverboards in campus housing facilities

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STILLWATER, Okla. – It was one of the most sought-after gifts this past holiday season, but two universities have banned hoverboards in campus housing.

In recent weeks, several hoverboards have been blamed for sparking fires in homes and even in public areas.

Last week, a hoverboard reportedly caused a house fire in Oklahoma City.

Now, two Oklahoma universities are taking actions to prevent fires from occurring on campus.

On Jan. 8, students who attend Oklahoma State University received an email from school leaders, announcing that the “use and possession of all hoverboards in campus housing” is now prohibited.

School officials told the O’Colly that the recent reports of fires from hoverboards sparked the ban.

“We can’t take a chance,” said Leon McClinton, the director of Housing and Residential Life at OSU. “We’re responsible for more than 6,000 students who live on campus, and we think about the services we provide for all of our students. Safety is our number one priority.”

On Monday, the University of Oklahoma followed suit.

“The safety of our residents is Housing and Food Services top priority. Due to recent reports of fires associated with the batteries in hover boards, we have enacted a policy that prohibits these devices in all on-campus housing facilities,” a notice from OU read.

The notice went on to say that any student seen with a hoverboard in on-campus housing will be asked to remove the device from the building immediately.