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Christian Hoffer, ComicBook • Sat 2016 Jul 23, 12:58pm

Two Canadian Pokemon Go players were detained by the US Border Patrol after crossing the border while playing the popular mobile game. The two teenagers accidentally wandered into Montana while searching for Pokemon, drawing the ire of US officials.…

Jay Jayson, ComicBook • Fri 2016 Jul 22, 6:45pm

…Two weeks ago on a Tuesday night, at around 9 p.m, 18-year-old Lane Smith was at a Flower Mound park with his friends, searching for a PokéStop—a place to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items. While distracted by the game, with his eyes glued to the screen of his cell phone, a small brown snake -- believed to be a copperhead -- wrapped itself around Smith's foot and sunk its venomous fangs into his toe.…

Anthony Bellano, Galloway Patch • Fri 2016 Jul 22, 6:19pm

…Firefighters in Gloucester County were dispatched to Eglington Cemetery in East Greenwich Township on Tuesday night after receiving a report of a woman who got stuck in a tree while chasing a Pokemon. A rescue team used an extension ladder to rescue her. …

Matthew Mueller, • Sat 2016 Jul 16, 9:03pm

…Four teenage boys …found themselves stuck in an underground cave system that spans 72 square miles. They entered what are known as the Box mines in Hawthorn, Wiltshire, scouting the series of underground tunnels for Pokemon. Unfortunately, they couldn't get back out, but they lucked upon an opening that allowed service to their cell phones and called for help.…

Christian Hoffer, ComicBook • Fri 2016 Jul 15, 5:18pm

…A woman claims her fifteen year old daughter was hit by a car while playing Pokemon Go. …Tarentum, PA …the girl crossed a busy highway shortly after catching a Pokemon on the game.

…girl's mother, told a local news station that the game had lured her daughter across the highway during rush hour.… …girl sustained collarbone and foot injuries, as well as numerous cuts and bruises.…

Sorry, you can't blame the game for what people do.
SF Gate • Fri 2016 Jul 15, 4:40pm

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two men who were playing "Pokemon Go" fell off an ocean bluff in Southern California. …One man fell about 50 feet down the side of the unstable bluff and the other fell about 90 feet to the beach. …moderate injuries.…

MJA, IOTW Report • Fri 2016 Jul 15, 2:48pm

The New York man who wrapped his car around a tree while playing “Pokémon Go” is a former Marine who was trying to “catch” Lapras, a blue sea creature, right before the crash Tuesday night.…

Cites Smoking Gun
Christian Hoffer, ComicBook • Sun 2016 Jul 10, 9:27pm

…The O'Fallon Police Department in Missouri responded to reports early this morning that a group of Pokemon GO players were robbed at gunpoint. … robbers used Lure Modules to attract players to a nearby PokeStop and then robbed them at gunpoint.… suspects were later apprehended…

Virtual reality spills into real world
KOCO • Wed 2016 Jun 29, 8:41pm

Oklahoma City Fire crews responded to Frontier City Wednesday afternoon, where a roller coaster got stuck.… Eight people got stuck…

Fox News • Mon 2014 Jun 16, 5:22pm

Delta Flight 630 from Detroit changed course Wednesday afternoon after a controller told the pilot not to complete the landing and then said he was only kidding, [Not to worry. The President will fire the lot of them, like Reagan. Right?]

Alyssa Newcomb, ABC • Mon 2012 Oct 15, 7:17pm

“One of the young men cut the lights to the house, then a few of the other guys snuck back inside, wanting their friends to believe there was an intruder,” May said. The teens were in the process of using flashlights to find the switch box, when Rainey jumped out of a closet. His rattled friend immediately dropped a video game and fired a shot into Rainey’s head with a .38 caliber hand gun.

Reuters/Fox • Wed 2012 Oct 10, 7:14pm

Professor of food physics at Leeds University Malcolm Povey said liquid nitrogen should not be consumed while still liquid, as it turns into a gas inside the body and causes the stomach to swell and burst.

"The liquid nitrogen would rapidly change into gas and blow the stomach up like a balloon...the idea that people put this stuff in drinks is just unbelievable," Povey told Reuters.

The bar which served the drink has stopped selling all liquid nitrogen drinks, said police, who are investigating the incident.

AP / Houston CBS • Thu 2012 Jul 5, 6:21pm
BUCKNER, Ark. [One 17yo teen dead, another injured] after they taped sparklers together and ignited them, causing an explosion. …exploded prematurely as one of the teens put a 5-gallon bucket on top of the fireworks.
Chris Oberholtz at KCTV5 • Thu 2012 Jul 5, 6:17pm
LANSING, KS… [44yo male] volunteer was killed Wednesday night while cleaning up after a fireworks show when one exploded near him. • Fri 2011 May 20, 10:35pm

Scores of Australians suspended or sacked for planking have taken to Facebook to vent their frustration. Woolworths, the country's biggest employer, has axed eight employees in three states for performing the potentially dangerous stunt on top of meat grinders, display shelves, trolleys and stacks of milk crates and then boasting about it online. [Why is the unimportant nonsense the first paragraph and the company rightly preventing problems in its headquarters relegated to second? Because Journalists are infants!] • Fri 2009 Jun 5, 12:24am

Citing gaps in scientific research and a rush to judgment on the safety and environmental impacts of the material, EPA scientists are now concerned that... recycled, ground-up tires as a cushioned surface on children's playgrounds and in synthetic turf on sports fields... may be more harmful than previously thought. • Wed 2009 Apr 8, 9:51pm

UFOThe two Morris County men who staged a series of UFO hoaxes earlier this year ... fined ... $250 each and sentenced the two to 50 hours of community service for creating a disturbance. ... released helium balloons with traffic flares tied to them on five separate occasions.... • Mon 2009 Feb 9, 8:28pm

OKLAHOMA CITY: A teenager who sneaked onto an oil well site to play on the equipment got tangled in a piece of machinery and a doctor had to amputate his left arm to free him.... The 17-year-old boy and his friend jumped an 8-foot (2 1/2-meter) fence Sunday to play with a pump jack, a common piece of oil field equipment that rocks up and down to lift oil out of a well. He turned on the machine to ride it but became entangled in one of its moving parts, and his friend couldn't shut it off...