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The cells of a ward at Silverdale Correctional Facility in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Almost 50 inmates at Silverdale correctional facility barricaded themselves inside their cell by using bunks and mattresses to block the door on Aug. 12.

Silverdale employees were forced to use windows to access the cell and had to deploy a "chemical dispersant" to control the inmates, according to spokeswoman Bianca Hudson.

The incident prompted a facility lockdown. Hudson said in a statement that the situation started at 4:22 p.m. in Delta 3 Pod after a fight between two inmates.

The statement did not say how long the incident lasted or what caused the fight. But some inmates described the situation as a riot and told the Times Free Press that it went on for about five hours. Chattanooga police, firefighters and EMS responded to Silverdale just after 6 p.m. that day.

The inmates removed the bunks-and-mattresses barricade after being hit by the chemicals. None of the 46 inmates inside the barricaded cell were injured, Hudson said. No staff members were injured and the inmates inside the cell were moved to other areas.

After the incident on Aug. 12, Hamilton County court was delayed for about an hour on Aug. 13 -- a problem that multiple sources said was because of the riot the night before. But Hudson said the morning delay was not related to the incident.

She said court was delayed "due to inmate transportation and logistics not related to this incident."

She added that Silverdale is continuing to investigate. The facility is run by the Corrections Corporation of America and can house just over 1,000 inmates. 

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