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You’ve probably seen some celebrities or even your neighbors down the street using one of the most anticpated toys of the Christmas season: the two-wheeler “hoverboard” as many call them. But before you play Santa and go out to get one of these for your loved ones, beware. They are causing a lot of injuries, accidents and even blowing up into flames while people are riding them.

Patty Davis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), says injuries have become increasingly common in recent months. Since August 2015, the agency has received 29 reports of emergency-room injuries related to the hoverboards, and is investigating at least 10 fires in 9 states.

The injuries treated in emergency rooms include fractures, strains, sprains, contusions, lacerations, and head injury, she says.

Multiple accounts of the devices catching fire and blowing up have been reported around the country, too. The country’s three largest airlines — Delta, United and American — said they would no longer allow them on planes because they pose a fire hazard. New York City has banned them, with police citing an existing code against motorized scooters.

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