Days after a hoverboard explosion caused a North End fire that displaced 10 people, Boston is considering restrictons on the motorized scooters ridden like a sideways skateboard.
“I don’t know if we need to ban them, but I certainly know we need to take a closer look at these devices and the appropriate uses of these devices, especially ... in public areas,” Councilor Tim McCarthy said Wednesday.
The matter will be taken up by the council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation and Transportation and could be discussed in a future hearing.
The move comes after a fire in the North End on Sunday night, which fire officials blamed on a hoverboard explosion in a third-floor bedroom. It was the first fire in the city linked to one of the devices, officials said. No one was injured but the blaze caused a reported $100,000 in damage and forced 10 residents out of their homes.