Warnings on hoverboards in Hong Kong

They are a familiar sight and a much-coveted Christmas wishlist item. But using hoverboards comes with a few caveats attached.

Recent reports have highlighted issues with the popular two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicles, also known as electric scooters or Segways.

There have been a spate of fires, according to recent reports, including one in a Hong Kong flat last month.

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The South China Morning Post reported a newly-purchased electric scooter burst into flames in a local public housing flat, leading to the evacuation of about 150 residents.

Initial investigation showed a short-circuit was the suspected cause of the blaze and there were no suspicious circumstances, according to police.

It has also been reported that online retailer Amazon has advised customers to dispose of hoverboards which may have been bought as Christmas gifts.

Some airlines have also banned them as their batteries breach in-flight guidelines, the South China Morning Post has reported.

According to the Hong Kong Transport Department, riding self-balancing electric scooters, also known as hoverboards, on streets and pavements in the city is illegal.

Meanwhile, a reader shared a photo of a sign about hoverboards now seen in DB.

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