Attempted Prison Break Leaves at Least 14 Injured

Incident started with inmate setting fire to prison's sewing plant
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2017 6:22 PM CDT
Attempted Prison Break Leaves at Least 14 Injured
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At least 14 people were injured Thursday afternoon in an attempted prison break in North Carolina, ABC News reports. The incident started with an inmate setting fire to the sewing plant at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute around 3:30pm. Details of the attempted prison break are scarce, and the extent of the injuries—some of which were to prison employees in the sewing plant—are unknown, according to the AP. WITN reports no inmates were able to escape.

As the situation was unfolding, three schools in the area were put on lockdown. School buses taking children home brought them back to the schools for security reasons. Pasquotank houses 729 male prisoners in both high-security and minimum-custody facilities. Authorities say the situation is now under control. (More prison break stories.)

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