Sparking Hoverboard prompts warning from fire officials

Sparking Hoverboard prompts warning from fire officials

Fire crews responded to a report of a self-balancing scooter sparking on Madison’s east side Tuesday, officials said.

Firefighters responded to a condo in the 1900 block of Northport Drive at 8:29 p.m. for a report of a malfunctioning so-called Hoverboard.

Fire officials said the Powerboard brand device was unplugged by the time a crew arrived. No smoke or other hazards were present, and no fire was produced.

Firefighters advised the owner not to plug in the board again, and the owner said she intended to return the board.

The self-balancing scooters were recalled in July 2016, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The lithium-ion battery packs in the boards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire or exploding, according to the recall release. The boards were sold at mall kiosks operated by Hoverboard at dozens of locations nationwide, online at and via the company’s website from September 2015 through April 2016 for between $350 and $1,000, the CPSC said.