Ohio utility warns ‘Pokemon Go’ players to steer clear

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A power company in Ohio is warning players of the “Pokemon Go” smartphone app to stay away from electrical facilities.

AEP Ohio cautioned players Thursday after learning that discussions were suggesting electric-type Pokemon could be caught near substations and transformers.

The company says substations, all power lines and equipment on utility poles and underground electrical facilities commonly identifiable by green boxes in neighborhood yards are dangerous and not to be considered gaming locations.

Gamers, customers and members of the public should not enter substations or attempt to climb company poles to try to reach transformers. Such activities could lead to serious injury or death.

Anyone who observes such activity around electrical facilities should call police or AEP’s security hotline at 1-866-747-5845.

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