Hoverboard catches fire at Houston-area mall

Hoverboard catches fire at Deerbrook Mall in Humble. (Via Facebook: Amanda Jones-Rucka)

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Smoke briefly filled part of a large Houston-area shopping mall after a hoverboard caught fire.

Police in the northeast Houston suburb of Humble say security staff at the Deerbrook Mall used a fire extinguisher to put out the small blaze Monday afternoon at a kiosk that sells the motorized two-wheel skateboard-like scooters.

No injuries have been reported. The blaze was out by the time firefighters arrived.

Hoverboards have been popular gift items this Christmas but concerns have surfaced over the potential fire danger from lithium-ion batteries that power the devices. They’ve been banned from the three largest U.S. retailers.

According to KXAN’s sister station in Houston, KPRC reports that Deerbrook Mall will evaluate if it will continue selling hoverboards.

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