Do not call 911 about ‘Pokemon Go,’ L.A. fire officials warn

Posted at 8:05 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 20:05:11-04

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County fire dispatchers have been receiving “a lot” of 911 calls from “Pokemon Go” players who want access to fire stations, according to a representative of the Fire Department.

On Thursday morning, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted a request that gamers not call 911 or “impact fire stations.”

Asked about the tweet, a representative for the department who did not want to be named said the dispatch center had indicated that many 911 callers were inquiring about the game, seeking access to fire stations.

The gamers were seeking access because there “might be Pokemon there or nearby,” the representative said.

The calls are impeding emergency operations, the representative said.

The extremely popular location-based app in which players seek to “catch” Pokemon creatures in real-life surroundings has been the subject of many law-enforcement warnings since it was released last week.

People look at their phones while playing

People look at their phones while playing “Pokemon Go” on July 13, 2016, at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)