Foxconn's assembly plant in Taiyuan, China, has been shut down because of worker riots. According to Reuters, about 2,000 employees at one of the assembly facilities were involved in a mass brawl that didn't stop until after 5,000 riot police were called in.
It's not yet known what caused the riots, although two different stories have surfaced. According to one story, a personal conflict among a small group escalated out of control; according to the other story, a fight broke out in response to Foxconn security guards beating an individual.
Forty people were taken to local hospitals, but no life-threatening injuries were reported. The plant will remain closed for an unspecified period, although Foxconn officials hope the production facility will be up and running within a day or two.
The affected facility assembles products for many electronics manufacturers worldwide, including Apple. Part of the iPhone 5's assembly may be performed at this facility.
The plant uses on-site dormitories to house the majority of its production workers; the riots appear to have occurred at the dormitory facilities.