May 2, 2016 — Federal safety officials have evidence that a LayZ Board hoverboard sparked a house fire in Pennsylvania that killed two young girls.
The fire occurred on Friday, March 10, 2017, at around 8 p.m. on Lexington Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Firefighters said the family heard “sizzling and crackling” as the hoverboard was charging near the front door on the first floor of the house.
Tragically, the fire claimed the lives of two girls, Savannah Dominick, 10, and Ashanti Hughes, 2, as well as firefighter Lt. Dennis DeVoe who suffered severe injuries in a car accident as he was responding.
Investigators now believe the fire was sparked by a LayZ Board hoverboard that was manufactured in China. At least 3,000 have been imported into the United States.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) immediately opened a priority investigation. In an update, the CPSC warned:
Due to the fire hazard posed to consumers of all ages by these hoverboards, CPSC is urging the pubic stop using their LayZ Board.”
LayZ Board hoverboards are not yet on the list of over 500,000 hoverboards that have been recalled by a dozen manufacturers. The CPSC has investigated at least 60 hoverboard fires, but the fire in Harrisburg was the first one that resulted in any deaths.
In the meantime, consumers should check if their hoverboard was recalled and return it or get a free replacement battery.
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