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Washington State University bans hoverboards from all buildings

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Washington State University has banned hoverboards from all buildings on all WSU campuses and other university-owned facilities.

The decision announced Thursday effectively prohibits the storage and possession of the electric skateboards in residence halls, university apartments, academic buildings, research buildings and recreational facilities.

WSU's main campus is in Pullman, but it also has campuses in Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver.

Administrators said the ban is due to safety concerns over cases of hoverboard batteries unexpectedly bursting into flames.

While the WSU policy does not specifically ban the use of hoverboards outside of buildings, WSU Fire Marshall Rod Holmes said students, faculty and staff are being asked to refrain from bringing hoverboards back with them as they return next week for the new semester.

The university issued a statement Thursday saying the ban will continue, "until such time as hoverboard manufacturers are able to demonstrate the batteries can meet safety standards reliably."

Holmes said WSU will work with students who may already have hoverboards stored on campus to arrange for removal.

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