Video: Mississippi State Bans Hoverboards In All Buildings

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Starkville, Miss. (WCBI) — The Mississippi State University executive council made the decision Monday to ban hoverboards from all residence halls and buildings on campus.

The university originally only outlawed the floating device in residence halls.

“When you’re dealing with safety of residence halls and the number of students housed in them, it’s kind of a no-brainer…”, said Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter.

Salter said safety issues were the primary reason for the ban, citing the fact that the hoverboards are have been linked to catching fire while charging and being used.

M.S.U freshman Isaiah Young said, “If its a hazard to other people…and there are thing out there…that they’re spontaneously combusting and they’re starting fires wihtout being provoked…it needs to be stopped.”

M.S.U. freshman Cory Grimm said, although he would love to own a hoverboard, he understand the university’s decision because the flotation devices are unlike the bikes and skateboards he keeps in his dorm room.

The ban is effective immediately, and Salter said there is a possibility the university would reconsider the decision if technology and safety improves but, “…I don’t see that decision changing anytime in the near future…”

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