Inmates throw stuff, set fires in Ohio jail riot

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio sheriff says inmates threw things and set fire to mattresses and toilet paper in a county jail riot.

Sheriff Dave Phalen in central Ohio’s Fairfield County says no one was hurt in the disturbance Monday evening on a cell block housing 23 of the most serious offenders. He says prisoners were angry after their movements were restricted on Sunday because they’d been disruptive.

SWAT officers restored order at the jail in Lancaster with help from local firefighters and police.

Inmates were cuffed, taken out to the yard and strip-searched before being returned to their cells.

Phalen says once surveillance video is reviewed, some inmates are likely to face charges including arson, rioting and property destruction.

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