A North Carolinian city is attempting to remove several Pokémon Go hotspots with concerns that they could be dangerous to the public.
According to news website WRAL, officials for the city of Rocky Mount have expressed that official city property being associated with in-game features like Gyms or PokéStops could be problematic. The city hasn’t reported any incidents occurring at the locations they are urging the public to avoid, but the game could take people around areas like electrical substations, water treatment plants, and more, which the city deems unsafe.
Michael Baughn, one of the city’s property and risk managers, explains the problems that Pokémon Go‘s locational disregard could cause.
“When the game was first released, there wasn’t any mechanism that would allow us to give any feedback to where the stops and gyms should or should not be located. Many of the places the game sends players to are just not safe for the public or for our employees.
“If we could assign where the stops are, I think it could be something the city could entertain, but without knowing where all the stops and gyms are, we cannot do our due diligence as required by law. The safety of our residents and employees is paramount for us.”
There are currently 134 locations around the city being requested for removal which includes all of the city’s parks. If this issue isn’t addressed, it wouldn’t be the first time that the augmented reality game has caused players to go where they shouldn’t.