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Riot breaks out at Calif. prison

Officials said an inmate fight in the rec yard turned into a riot involving 125 inmates


A correctional officer walks near a gate, which is one of two entrances into Kern Valley State Prison Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in Delano, Calif.

AP Photo/Ric Francis

By C1 Staff

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A fight turned into a riot involving more than 100 inmates Tuesday at a California prison.

Officials said the fight began between four inmates in the recreational yard at Kern Valley State Prison, but sparked a riot involving 125 inmates, reported.

Officers deployed chemical agents and direct-impact rounds to control the riot in the yard.

Another disturbance occurred inside a housing unit. The incident involving six inmates was stopped after COs fired less lethal rounds.

According to the news station, seven makeshift weapons were confiscated after the riots. No correctional staff were injured. Five inmates were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation into the incident has been launched.

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