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Germany to Destroy Fidget Spinners – 77K Pounds – Over Safety Issue

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Germany has declared itself a no-spin zone for fidget spinners, as the country plans to destroy 35 tons of the toys it deems a safety hazard. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 16 Jun 2017 06:45 PM

Officials in Germany have set out to destroy 39 tons of fidget spinners, which they have deemed unsafe.

Customs officials seized 35 metric tons (39 U.S. tons) of the popular toys at Frankfurt airport in May alone, The Local reported, describing the toys as hand-held spinning tops that resemble "a cross between a propeller and a ninja's throwing star."

Marketed to relieve symptoms of ADHD and autism, the gadget includes small parts that could come off and pose a choking hazard to small children, the Central Customs Office told The Local.

The toys arrived at the airport in shipments from China, and were tested by customs officials, The Associated Press reported.

A customs spokeswoman told the AP that, along with the choking hazard, the fidget spinners were missing legible instructions and required information about the manufacturer.

Fidget spinners, considered a menace by some teachers and banned by some schools, account for 10 of the 15 best-selling toys on Amazon, Quartz reported.

Many Twitter users cheered the move.

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