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Guards fire warning rounds, quash inmate riot at Folsom Prison

March 6, 2012 |  4:44 pm

Folsom Prison gateGuards fired warning shots and used less-than-lethal grenades to quash a riot involving about 70 inmates at Folsom Prison, a spokesman said Tuesday afternoon.

The guards fired three warning shots from a rifle and used the blast dispersion grenades during the melee in the main exercise yard of the medium-security prison, said Lt. Paul Baker of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

No serious injuries were reported in the incident, which began about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Baker told The Times the riot was under investigation but that "we do believe it was gang-related."

Folsom was opened in 1880 and is California's second-oldest state prison. About 3,100 inmates are housed at the facility, located by the American River about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento.


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Photo: Folsom Prison. Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.