DE union lawyer says inmates have 5 hostages

Guards have been taken hostage by inmates inside a maximum-security prison in DE, putting all the state's prisons on lockdown as police swarmed the facility.

No injuries have been reported, and Department of Correction spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said the situation provided no threat to the public.

A large amount of emergency responders - including police from neighboring Pennsylvania and DE - could be seen rushing to the prison midday.

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Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving reports of smoke, and were being held on standby, according to the Associated Press.

There was an assault at the same prison last week, on Saturday, an inmate squirted an unknown liquid at a correction officer.

An aerial view of the prison showed about two dozen men standing in three groups on an open space of prison's sprawling campus. It wasn't clear if a person was on the stretcher.

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The Kent County Fire Department responded to the prison around 11:30 a.m. after an alarm was sounded, KYW reported.

According to the department's website, the all-male facility is the state's largest prison, housing about 2,500 inmates.

Citing the officers association, CNN-affiliate KYW said four guards and one counselor were taken hostage by inmates. That standoff ended when a corrections officer shot and killed Miller.

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