Duke is latest NC school to crack down on hoverboards

B.J. Daniels
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver B.J. Daniels rides a hoverboard as he arrives for an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Seattle. Amazon is warning British customers that their hoverboards may be unsafe, the latest in a string of warnings about the popular scooters. Amazon says some of the boards it sold are unsafe because they have “a non-compliant U.K. plug" and should be disposed of at a recycling center. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Duke University has become the latest North Carolina university to crack down on the use of hoverboards.

The school sent a notice to all students that read:

“ALL self-balancing scooters, also referred to as battery-operated scooters or hands-free segways and more popularly known as hoverboards or hover boards, will be banned from use and/or storage within the residence halls and apartments.”

The University of North Carolina has also banned hoverboards from residence halls, The Daily Tar Heel reported.

East Carolina and N.C. Central are banning the hoverboards after rising concerns about injuries on the product.

A WakeMed spokeswoman said Dec. 29 that the hospital treated approximately nine patients with hoverboard related injuries since Dec. 25.

Before Christmas, WakeMed had treated only three hoverboard-related injuries in roughly the month before Christmas.

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