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The Latest: Alaska prison riot damage estimated at $100,000

May 8, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the takeover of a prison wing at an Alaska prison (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

The Alaska Department of Corrections says prisoners caused an estimated $100,000 damage after taking over a wing of a maximum security prison.

The department says 62 prisoners on Tuesday night barricaded off a 64-bed section of Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward.

They damaged fire suppressant systems, plumbing, computer lines and glass.

Corrections officers regained full control Wednesday morning after about nine hours.

Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Gallagher says inmates were protesting having to waking up for an 8 a.m. cell inspection. They did not make other demands.

Response teams from Kenai and Anchorage forced their way through the barricade.

Inmates involved with the disturbance were exposed to nonlethal chemical agents.

Gallagher says prisoners involved face internal discipline and possibly criminal prosecution.

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12:30 p.m.

The Alaska Department of Corrections says 62 prisoners took control of a section of a maximum security prison.

Corrections officers regained full control Wednesday morning at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward after about nine hours.

The prisoners at 9 p.m. Tuesday barricaded the entry to their section and began destroying property.

Response teams from Kenai and Anchorage arrived at about 3 a.m.

The teams forced their way into the barricaded unit.

No staff or prisoners were injured. The department says every inmate was cleared by medical personnel and decontaminated.

A department spokeswoman, Sarah Gallagher, did not immediately respond to questions about what prompted the disturbance.

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