Jul 16, 2016 11:29 AM

Portsmouth Air Base, Child Care Center find Pokemon Go a dangerous game

PORTSMOUTH - Some residents aren't having much fun with Pokémon Go.

According to, at the Air National Guard base, in the Pease International Tradeport, Pokémon Go players have raised security concerns by appearing at the perimeter.

And Diane Lewis, director of the Little Blessings Child Care Center, which is in the Christ Episcopal Church on Lafayette Road, has been flooded by players wandering around the center since it was designated as a Pokémon Go "gym."

Pokémon Go players chase the cartoon monsters by walking around with their smartphones, which vibrate if they're near a Pokémon. They then throw a Poké Ball to catch the Pokémon.

After the game launched, Lewis said she's seen an average of 10 to 20 cars per day on the grounds of the daycare, with people playing the game. No one can gain entry to the building without being buzzed in, but the children do play outside.

According to Pease public affairs officer, Greg Heilshorn, citizens should be careful approaching the base.

"We're asking local citizens to avoid coming along the fence line because our security forces will perceive it as a threat," he said. "Enjoy the game, but keep a distance."

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