Hoverboard Bursts into Flames While Plugged into Orange County Wall
We have been waiting for hoverboards ever since Back to the Future: Part II. Over the course of the past few years, it has seemed that this wait was nearly over, and hoverboards, once a staple of science fiction books, have begun entering the world. While the utility of these vehicles remains unproven, they nevertheless retain their allure for those who want to glide several inches above the ground on a floating skateboard. This past Monday, a family in Orange County discovered the dark side of the future when their hoverboard caught fire.
According to the news reports available on the situation, the hoverboard was owned by a family living in the eastern part of Orange County, on a road called Margaux Drive. One of the residents of the home told reporters that the hoverboard was purchased almost a year ago, and that during that time there was no indication that something might suddenly go wrong. This individual also claimed that the salesperson from wherever the hoverboard was purchased specifically told them that the hoverboard was designed so as to not catch fire while plugged in to the wall.
The fire on Monday occurred sometime after one of the home’s residents plugged it into the wall. A camera located within the home captures the moment when the hoverboard ignites. First, dark smoke plumes upwards from the device, and moments later a small explosive spark lights up the scene. A person located within the home enters the frame and approaches the burning hoverboard. This person then attempts to extinguish the flames, apparently without much success. 911 is called and the dispatcher tells the person to immediately leave the home.
Shortly afterwards, members of the Orange County Fire Rescue arrive at the residence and put out the fire before extensive damage is done.
At the time of this writing, it is not believed that any of the people involved in the fire were injured, although the full reach of the property destruction to the home is not fully clear. Pictures of the hoverboard after the event show a badly mangled and melted machine.
The report did not indicate what the make or model of the hoverboard in question, and there is no news as to whether or not the company behind the machine has issued any statements in reference to this clear product malfunction.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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