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Rocky Mount Officials Want Public Sites Removed From Pokémon Go

iPhone screen with Pokemon GO on it.
Elizabeth Baier

Pokémon Go players in Rocky Mount may soon see their game-playing reality altered. City officials have asked the game's developer to remove more than 100 public sites from the game.The request to remove police and fire stations, among others, is for safety reasons, according to Rocky Mount spokeswoman Tameka Norman.

"We just don't want folks playing the game at places like electrical substations," Norman said. "We are considering what we will do as far as parks are concerned and which areas should be off limits for them."

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game. Players use a map on their phones to travel to areas to capture Pokémon and interact with other attractions.

Many of those sites are in heavily trafficked areas likes malls and parks.

Norman said players have frequented the police station and other public facilities, at all hours of the night.

"We did have one instance at 1 a.m. where someone was trying to get into our fire department to play the game, as well," she said.

Norman says there have been no injuries related to playing Pokémon Go in Rocky Mount. The city has not heard back from the game developer on its request to remove the city's sites.

More than 75 million users worldwide have downloaded Pokémon Go.

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