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Utilities Warn: Electric Pokémon Isn’t In Transformers

Jul 29, 2016

The new “Pokémon Go” augmented reality game is an overnight success, which becomes overwhelmingly a hit all over the world just shortly after its release. While people obsessed with “Pokémon Go” is wandering around their neighborhoods, seeking for colorful creatures, America’s utilities are getting quite worried.

The problem is that “Pokémon Go” addicted players often disregard their own safety. Besides, they take it for granted that the wild Pokémon are supposed to match the area they’re in. For example, the water one shall be found near water, electric Pokémon like Pikachu might be found near a substation, transformer, or overhead power lines. As a result, some gamers have shown up at the dangerous power plants, chasing for Pikachu.

With the huge success of the “Pokémon Go”, the worldwide electric companies are warning players not to enter power plants and substations in the hope of capturing electric Pokemon. “NEVER attempt to enter an electrical substation. Trust us. Zapdos isn't in there. We checked," tweeted the Fargo, N.D.-based Cass County Electric Cooperative.

"Apparently Pikachu, who as you probably know is one of the most recognizable Pokémon and the Pokémon mascot, is electric," Ridout said. "With how quickly the game grew, we wanted to spread the word about the dangers of electrical equipment so players wouldn't attempt to go near it."

Although "Pokémon Go,"s developer, Niantic Inc., did not respond in time for publication, a warning appears with a cartoon of a fierce-looking dragon looming above an unsuspecting "Pokémon Trainer." The games warn, “Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”

Edison Electric Institute spokesman Brian Reil added, “Warning signs are there for a reason, but you need to be paying enough attention to see the signs.”