- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is urging residents to be safe and respectful while “catching” Pokemon throughout the city.

The Republican issued a statement Tuesday regarding the popular new “Pokemon Go” game for smartphones.

Fung advises players to be aware of their surroundings and be mindful of the private property owned by Cranston homeowners and businesses.

Fung says: “Please do not trespass into your neighbor’s yard to catch Pikachu or disrupt a business like a store or restaurant to catch Snorlax.”

The “augmented reality” game layers gameplay onto the physical world, sending players hiking around cities and battling with “pocket monsters” on their smartphones. It became the top-grossing app in the iPhone app store just days after its Wednesday release in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

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