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Metrolink banning hoverboards from all commuter trains

A boy rides a hoverboard on the day after Christmas, in San Pedro, California December 26, 2015. Reports of some hoverboards, also known as self-balancing, two-wheeled scooters catching fire have led to an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy rides a hoverboard on the day after Christmas, in San Pedro, California December 26, 2015. Reports of some hoverboards, also known as self-balancing, two-wheeled scooters catching fire have led to an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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They're one the hottest Christmas gifts of the season, but starting next week riders will not be permitted to bring hoverboards onto Metrolink trains.

Officials with the Southern California commuter railroad said Tuesday that the ban comes following safety concerns about the two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered devices.

Reports of hoverboards bursting into flames have come out of at least 10 states in recent months.

The ban goes into effect Jan. 4.

Spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt tells City News Service that there have been no reported injury accidents involving hoverboards on Metrolink trains or at its 55 stations.

She says the devices will not be seized but passengers with hoverboards will be asked to exit trains.

Correction: This story has been corrected to show that the wheeled boards do not hover off the ground or use magnets to do so. KPCC regrets the error.