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Hoverboard explodes, causes fire in Wisconsin home

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A Wisconsin family's home was damaged after a charging hoverboard toy blew up and caused a fire.

The River Falls Journal says the hoverboard (the MonoRover brand) was a Christmas gift – one of two the Nesbitts bought for their (very excited) children.

While recharging last Thursday, it suddenly "exploded." The paper then chronicles the quick actions they took to keep everyone safe, which resulted in damage to their office and carpet but kept the fire from spreading.

River Falls Fire Department Chief Scott Nelson confirmed to BringMeTheNews the hoverboard was determined to be the cause of the fire.

He also said that they have not received a hoverboard-related fire call before. The department doesn't have an estimate on the damage.

Dangers of hoverboards

Just Google "hoverboard fire" and you'll see story after story from recent weeks, reporting on fires caused by the gliding toys.

Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was looking into "dozens" of fires, and is investigating 13 companies.

And just a couple days ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards with unauthorized batteries fake trademark logos from Chicago.

A similar operation took place on the Minnesota-Canada border earlier this month, where officials found hundreds of illegal hoverboards.

The exact cause of the fires isn't clear, but Wired suggested last month it's just the quality of the parts, writing:

"They’re cheap, and it makes sense: This is a hot (pun not intended) holiday product, the reputable models are pretty expensive, and more-affordable brands are using cheaper components to lure in shoppers that don’t want to spend a grand or more on a hands-free Segway. Predictably, a slew of cut-rate brands are flooding the market with shoddy scooters made from cheapo components."

"As I have mentioned before, there are no safety standards for these products. That is unacceptable," Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a news release, adding he is urging consumers to "use caution with hoverboards."

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