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Mar 14, 2013 4:58 PM by Associated Press

At least 10 wounded in fights at Calif. prison

DELANO, Calif. (AP) - At least 10 inmates at a state prison in Central California have been taken to hospitals for treatment of stab wounds after several fights broke out at the prison's maximum-security yard.

State corrections officials say groups of inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano began rioting a little before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Officers were able to quickly stop the fights using pepper spray, chemical agents and direct impact rounds.

Prison spokesman Lt. Jeff Smith told the Bakersfield Californian about 50 to 70 inmates were on each side of the yard when the fights broke out.

It was not immediately clear how many inmates participated in the riot, what prompted it or how severe the injuries were.

Smith told the Californian guards fired sponge rounds to stop the fighting.

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