Family displaced after hoverboard explosion damages home

The hoverboard a family received for Christmas reportedly exploded in their home, causing a small fire.

The hoverboard a family received for Christmas reportedly exploded in their home, causing a small fire. (12/29/15)

LACEY TOWNSHIP - An Ocean County family whose hoverboard Christmas gift exploded in their home may be displaced for up to a month.

The hoverboard blew up in the Whalens' Lanoka Harbor living room Sunday night and caused a fire. The landlord says the damage estimates are between $10,000 and $20,000. 

No one was hurt, but it will be several weeks before the family can return to the home. 

The Ocean County Fire Marshal continues to investigate what caused the popular Christmas gift to explode.

Hoverboards are motorized, two-wheel, skateboard-sized scooters that users stand on and have been a popular gift this holiday season. The devices are banned from airlines and have reportedly caused fires all over the country.

This is the first known incident of a hoverboard causing extensive damage to a home in New Jersey.

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