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Disastrous unboxing video: Hoverboard bursts into flames seconds after it’s turned on

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:11PM EST

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Hoverboards are definitely the newest fad in gadgets, although many of them have also proven themselves to be very prone to catching fire. YouTuber BuleBritish recently posted an unboxing video of a new hoverboard that ended in disaster after it caught fire within seconds of being turned on.

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The initial unboxing of the device went well enough, as its owner managed to take it out of the box without it catching fire. It was only when he brought it outside and decided to take it for a test run that the trouble started.

He got on top of the device and tried to start it up by tilting it forward, but nothing happened:

Something was happening, however — something bad. He kept trying to tilt the device forward because he figured he was doing something wrong. At this point, smoke started coming out of it:

And suddenly… KABOOM:

He then does something very unwise by trying to pour water onto an electrical fire, though thankfully this didn’t seem to make matters worse:

At any rate, this hoverboard is now completely toast, with no hope of recovery. Check out the whole video for yourself below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.