9-Year-Old Boy Locks Himself in a Safe While Playing Hide and Seek

December 17, 2017 Updated: December 17, 2017

A young boy from Germany had to be rescued by firefighters on Friday, Dec. 15, after he got himself locked in a safe.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was playing hide-and-seek with his brother in Lichterfelde, Berlin, when he decided his grandfather’s unused safe was the perfect hiding spot, according to a statement by the Berlin Fire Department.

Unfortunately, while hiding, the door closed on the 9-year-old, leaving him trapped. His grandfather was the only person who knew the six-digit code, but he was away from home, reported Sky News.

With no other choice, the family had to call the fire brigade to rescue the boy.

Over the course of three hours, the firefighters tried many unsuccessful combinations. During that time, the firefighters pumped oxygen through a crack into the safe for the boy so he wouldn’t suffocate.

Just as a specialist team was about to break the safe open, someone managed to crack the code and save the boy. The Berlin Fire Department said the boy was unharmed, according to a statement.

Berlin firefighter Thomas Kirstein said it was a happy ending and a super early Christmas present, reported Sky News.

Earlier this year, another adventurous young boy also thought he found his ultimate hiding spot during a hide and seek game with his sister—in a washing machine. The 7-year-old crawled into the front-loader and became stuck, eventually having to call for help.

A team of four firefighters used sunflower oil to help the young boy slide out.

Bowen Xiao contributed to this report.

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