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First hoverboard death in Dubai

Filipino man killed in smart scooter incident
Team shortlist13 Jan 2016 AT 10:26 AM
First hoverboard death in Dubai
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The first Dubai “hoverboard” death has now been reported, after a Filipino banged into a power pylon and fell off his smart wheels.

The incident, which took place last week in Mushrif Park, happened when the man tried a stunt and lost balance. Colonel Said Al Mazroui told Emarat Al Youm daily: “It is the first death to involve an air wheel accident… There have also been similar accidents that caused injuries to their users.”

Due to the safety risk, the Federal Traffic Council banned hoverboards from UAE roads. Although this is the first death reported in Dubai, it’s not the first in the UAE. In October last year, a six-year-old boy was tragically killed after being run over by a car.

The smart scooters have been banned from many public areas, and some airlines have even listed them as a restricted item due to being a fire hazard. Hoverboards have created controversy around the world. Although popular, the craze is now being recognised as extremely dangerous.

Other countries have taken similar steps to implement safety rules with hoverboards. Last year the UK banned the use of electronic scooters on public roads and pavements, however, months after the ban was implemented, a 15-year-old schoolboy became the first person to die while using a hoverboard, after being hit by a bus.

But the bans and restrictions don’t stop there. Last month it was announced that Amazon would be pulling hoverboards from its UK and US sites amid safety concerns linked to the wheels suddenly exploding. 

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