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Canadian teens detained for Pokemon Go border crossing

Andrew Ryan, 23, of Spokane, checks his phone for Pokemon in his vicinity while playing "Pokemon Go" on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Wash. Already at level 17 in the popular mobile device game, Ryan came to Riverfront Park outfitted with snacks, reserve battery packs for his phone and dressed in Pokemon sweats. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Andrew Ryan, 23, of Spokane, checks his phone for Pokemon in his vicinity while playing "Pokemon Go" on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Wash. Already at level 17 in the popular mobile device game, Ryan came to Riverfront Park outfitted with snacks, reserve battery packs for his phone and dressed in Pokemon sweats. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

HELENA, Mont. – U.S. Border Patrol officials said two Canadian teenagers were briefly apprehended after they accidentally crossed the U.S. border into Montana while playing the game “Pokemon Go.”

Border Patrol Agent John South said the teens were engrossed and wandered into the United States.

South said agents detained them while contacting their mother, who was nearby on the Canadian side.

The agents then released the children to their mother.

South on Friday declined to release the teenagers’ names, ages or describe what sort of terrain they crossed.

He said they were detained Thursday near Sweet Grass, Montana, which borders the town of Coutts in Canada’s Alberta province.

“Pokemon Go” is a game in which players go to different locations to find virtual characters that appear on their cellphones.


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