FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (CBS/AP) — A fort destroyed in the Revolutionary War is again fending off attacks — this time from “Pokemon Go” players.
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Gary Lavalette, volunteer caretaker at the fort in Fairhaven, near the Rhode Island state line, says people have been leaving trash, vandalizing historic structures and publicly urinating. He told WLNE-TV that a stone wall was taken apart with a crowbar and parts of the property look like a “minefield” because people are digging up the ground.
“This fort was never designed for this type of activity,” Lavalette told the station.Colin Powell, First Black Secretary Of State, Dies At 84 Of Complications From COVID-19
The Fairhaven Historical Commission says hundreds of “Pokemon Go” players have been flocking to the fort, often at night, because it’s where a rare Pokemon can be found.
Lavalette said that some visitors were searching for “buried treasure” at the site because they didn’t understand its history.
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