New Hampshire police employing high-tech tool to gather evidence after pumpkin festival mayhem

Associated Press

Police in New Hampshire are using a relatively new application to collect photos and videos they hope will lead to arrests following weekend chaos at a pumpkin festival.

More than 80 people were arrested after parties got out of hand Saturday in Keene, leading to property destruction and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to control crowds as large as 2,000 people.

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Keene police have created a LEEDIR account, or Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository, where people can send images and videos to police directly from their smartphones.

More than 100 people have already sent files as the investigation by several police agencies continues.

LEEDIR is an online and mobile app that can be activated after a major emergency.