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Bestselling hoverboards too hot to handle, taken off shelves

Some online retailers removing them as consumer watchdog probes reports of fires, explosions

The self-balancing boards do not hover or fly, but they go fast and have been banned from city sidewalks. More worryingly, the rechargable lithium-ion batteries in the toys have been known to catch fire.

New York

SO-CALLED hoverboards, the two-wheeled, gliding motorised scooters that have taken over sidewalks and social media in recent months, are coming under greater scrutiny after reports of fires and explosions.

With the fad growing and people getting hurt, some online retailers