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April 25, 2016

Wildwood officials mulling hoverboard ban on boardwalk

City officials concerned about fire hazard

Wildwood officials are considering a crackdown on hoverboards on the boardwalk, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

Safety regulations are already in place to ban bikes, skateboards and push scooters after 11 a.m. when large amounts of people walk the nearly-two-mile boardwalk. However, the risk of injury due to a collision is not the primary concern over hoverboards.

Reports of fires caused by hoverboard motors overheating are the reason discussions are underway to ban the battery-powered scooters.

“We’re worried about burning our Boardwalk down,” City Commissioner Anthony Leonetti said. “We get a fire on that dry wood up there and we’re in trouble.”

An ordinance is expected to be considered this week by the city commission.