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Jul 10, 2016 4:11 PM

New 'Pokemon Go' app draws crowd at Railroad Square in Nashua, sweeps nation

NASHUA — Dozens of strangers met at Railroad Square in Nashua despite the gloomy weather Sunday morning, but not necessarily to enjoy others' company. Instead, people were staring down at their phones, catching Pokemon on Niantic's new Pokemon Go app.

"I mean I was out at midnight last night in my front yard catching one and someone walked by, at midnight," said Dave Maillatt, a Groton, Mass. resident.

A budding cultural phenomenon, the game turns a smart phone app into an augmented reality game.

"There are so many people out running, but also catching Pokemon," said Russell Shaleck, a Nashua local. "People keep coming up to us and they're like, 'Are you playing Pokemon Go?' And we'd be like, yes."

Becoming number one on the Apple downloading charts in less than 5 hours after its release, Pokemon looks like it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

"It's something people have been asking for for probably about 20 years," said Mike Findley from Hollis.

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