Hoverboard explodes while charging inside Orland Park home

Hoverboard explodes while charging inside Orland Park home

ORLAND PARK (FOX 32 News/ Sun-Times Media Wire) - A hoverboard exploded while charging inside a home in southwest suburban Orland Park Sunday evening.

"It was on the table right here, charging in the outlet," 13-year-old Shanna Sbraham told FOX 32 News. 

The family at the home in the 17200 block of Deer Trail had been having problems getting their new hoverboard charged when it blew up about 5 p.m., sending several burning pieces across the room, according to Orland Park village spokesman Ray Hanania.

The family said the explosion happened a few hours after they tried plugging it in for the second time since buying it last week.

"Me and my mom were sitting right here watching a movie, and all of a sudden my mom looks to her right, she sees flames coming off the hoverboard," Shanna said. 

Seconds later, the battery exploded, sending molten chunks of plastic in every direction, setting fire to the window blinds and leather couch. 

A 911 call captured the chilling moments after the explosion:

DISPATCHER: "Fire Department, what is you emergency?"

SHANNA: "My hoverboard is on fire!"

DISPATCHER: "Your hoverboard? Where is it kept?"

SHANNA: "It's in the living room by the TV."

Shanna's mother burned her hand trying to put out the fire, and the Orlando Fire Protection District took care of the rest.

"One fire is too many. We tell these people if they weren't home and plugged the hoverboard in, we would have lost a million dollar house," Bill Leddin told FOX 32 News. 

Shanna's parents ordered the hoverboard from Amazon for Christmas, but because of huge demand , the Smart Balance Wheel Hoverboard did not arrive until last week. 

Last month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was investigating “dozens” of fires caused by the popular self-balancing scooters. They urge owners to have a fire extinguisher nearby while charging hoverboards away from combustible materials.

FOX 32's call to Amazon for comment was not returned, but the company has announced it will refund the cost of any hoverboard purchases, no questions asked. 

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