HAZEL DELL, Wash. – Two young men searching for Pokemon in the wildly popular new game Pokemon Go instead found a loaded handgun in a field.
The two brothers were playing the game in a field off Highway 99 in Hazel Dell, according to Sgt. Fred Neiman with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Pokemon Go is an augmented-reality game where players use their smartphones to catch characters in real life terrain. The characters, called Pokemon, will appear as if they are visible in the real world.
“Without touching the gun, the brothers suspended their GPS search for virtual creatures, called 911 and awaited the arrival of Deputy Brian Wade,” said Neiman.
The loaded Smith and Wesson .32 Magnum had some rust, and was likely thrown into the field a long time ago, Neiman said, but it looked like it was still capable of firing. The gun’s serial number did not appear in any lost or stolen gun databases.
Deputy Wade said if children had found the gun, this story could have had a very different ending.
“It might've led to a tragic incident, if it weren't for the Pokemon searchers,” Wade said.