CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Inmates at New Hampshire’s Merrimack County jail are on lockdown after a rebellion prompted by an instruction to clean their unit.

Instead of cleaning, 12 to 14 inmates rained paper and other items for the jail’s second level and barricaded a stairway with items taken from their cells. They also destroyed televisions in the day room.

Corrections officers were ordered out of the maximum-security Delta unit for their own safety and emergency response teams were mobilized.

A jail spokesman says no injuries are reported and inmates are believed to have obeyed the order to return to their cells.

A maximum of 18 inmates are allowed out of their cells at any given time.

The spokesman says it’s only the second incident of its kind in five years.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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