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Have fun but stay safe while playing Pokemon Go

Love “Pokemon Go”? You and the rest of the world. But safety warnings seem to be piling up as users have come to inadvertently face hazards while on the hunt.


Authorities in Bosnia issued a warning after hearing reports of “Pokemon Go” users venturing into risky areas.

“We received information that some users of the ‘Pokemon Go’ app in Bosnia were going to places which are a risk for mines, in search of a Pokemon,” Posavina bez mina, a charity that works to demine areas formerly pocked with landmines during times of conflict, said in a Facebook statement. “Citizens are urged not to do so, to respect demarcation signs of dangerous mine fields and not to go into unknown areas.”

Two Florida teens told the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office that someone fired shots at them when they were playing “Pokemon Go” in a neighborhood at about 1:30 a.m. one morning. They weren’t hurt.

“We could have had two dead young kids as a result of them hunting Pokemon,” sheriff’s office spokesman Jim Troiano told WJXT. “It’s a great game. I’ve never played it; my daughter plays it. We urge safety with that, but this is ridiculous. It truly is.”

Four teen boys had to be rescued when they wandered into a cave in Wiltshire, England, while playing.

“They were looking for these Pokemon creatures and surprisingly they didn’t find any,” Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue spokesman Damien Bence told the London Evening Standard. “It’s obviously leading people into dangerous situations, such as this, and things are likely to escalate if people are going to follow the rules of this game.”

Closer to home, local law enforcement agencies are getting creative to urge caution. Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Brandon Lin and Epifanio Rodriguez star in a humorous safety video going through a number of safety tips. Watch where you’re going and don’t let little kids play outside unattended, for example.

“There’s going to be some places you cannot enter to get Pokemon,” Lin says in a scene during which intern Ashley Weaver portrays a player hoping to enter the jail to catch a creature. (Yes, that’s happened.)

“We all know those pesky Pokemons can be just about anywhere, but it’s never a good idea to come on someone’s property, even if it’s for one of those rare Pokemons,” Rodriguez says in a bit where Weaver appears to be roaming across a homeowner’s lawn.

The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety posted a comical “Pokemon Go” safety video, too. Theirs stresses the importance of not wandering into traffic or playing behind the wheel.

“If you’re going to play the ‘Pokemon Go’ game, we just ask that you be aware of your surroundings,” Officer Jason Muenzer says in the video. “Definitely don’t go into businesses without permission and don’t go into businesses after hours.”

No spoilers but their video’s ending is really funny. No officers were hurt in the making of the clip, but one does appear to go airborne when a “Pokemon Go” player plows into him. “For crying out loud,” Muenzer cries at the end, “don’t play the game while you’re driving!”

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