Boston transit system bans hoverboards, citing fire risk

Dozens of airlines have also banned the devices

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver B.J. Daniels rides through a hallway at CenturyLink Field on an electric self-balancing scooter commonly called a "hoverboard," as he arrives for an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Seattle. Since December 2015, several universities have banned or limited hoverboards on their campuses, saying the two-wheeled, motorized scooters are unsafe. Beyond the risk of falls and collisions, colleges are citing warnings from federal authorities that some of the self-balancing gadgets have caught on fire. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Transit officials are telling passengers to keep their hoverboards at home.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced Tuesday that effective immediately, the devices will no longer be allowed in stations or on any vehicle including buses, trolleys, commuter trains and commuter boats. No exceptions will be made to the ban.

The Boston-area transit agency said in a statement that it conducted an assessment of hoverboards and determined them to be a safety risk. The devices have been linked to fires around the country.

The T noted it already has rules in place prohibiting items that are potentially explosive or inflammable.

Officials pointed to several other U.S. transit systems, including New York and Chicago, which have banned hoverboards.

Dozens of airlines have also banned the devices from being carried on planes.

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