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Pokemon Go players warned away from some places in Florence

Florence Veterans Park
Florence Veterans Park

As Pokémon Go continues to draw crowds to local landmarks, several are ramping up security and issuing guidelines for players.

The Florence Veterans Park, a hot spot for Pokémon Go lovers, requested that those visiting the park to find Pokémon be respectful and tread lightly.

“Please place your trash in the provided receptacles or take it with you when you leave,” the park said in a statement on Facebook. “Please enjoy yourself and take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices our veterans have made in order for you enjoy life, liberty and freedom. Our Veterans Park is a beautiful place. Please do your part to keep it that way.”

The Veterans Park, which closes at 7 p.m., and Timrod Park, which is closed to the public at sunset, have both seen an increase in people sticking around after park hours.

“There’s been some talk of people being in the park after hours down at Timrod Park and the Veterans Park,” said Maj. Carlos Raines of the Florence Police Department.

While some landmarks discourage late-night visitors, others discourage Pokémon Go players period.

A new sign appeared earlier in the week outside of the Mount Hope Cemetery on West Cherokee Road in Florence that reads “Private Property. No Trespassing for Pokémon.”

In the augmented-reality game, Pokémon can show up anywhere from grocery stores to hospitals and public landmarks. But they are also appearing at electric substations, which can draw players into potentially dangerous situations.

The Santee Electric Cooperative of Kingstree issued a warning for players to stay away from electric substations, power plants and other electric equipment.

“Electric utilities cannot control where the Pokémon … appear, and players should sure they catch their Pokémon from a safe distance,” said Adrel Langley, manager of community relations for Santee Electric. “Any game or activity that distracts people from the possible dangers around them and potentially brings them in proximity to our electric equipment and lines is a major concern for all us.”

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