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This viral video with nearly five million views shows firefighters freeing a young boy who trapped his head between two concrete pillars at school.
The fire service was called to Jinguang Elementary School in the county of Yanggao, which is in Datong City in Shanxi Province in North China, on 27th May.
Rescuers arrived to find the uniformed boy, aged seven, standing completely still between the two concrete pillars outside one of the school’s teaching buildings.
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The structural columns had been painted pink and had only a 10-centimetre (4-inch) gap between them.
He was presumably playing nearby when he decided to try squeeze his body through the gap, trapping his head in the process.
The Datong fire service chose to use a hydraulic press to try expand the gap between the concrete; however, the pillars were too sturdy and did not budge.
In the end, the rescuers used a screw jack for vehicles and stuck it between the wall above his head, slowly wrenching it apart.
In the video, the firefighters chisel away at the wall surrounding the boy’s head before finally freeing him.
The schoolboy, who is in his second year of primary school, was not injured.