BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Firefighters in Boulder rescued a 5-year-old boy who became trapped in a hole while playing Thursday.

It happened at a home near 26th and Valmont in Boulder while the boy was playing with several other children. They were apparently jumping in and out of a 3-and-a-half feet deep holes that were eight to 12 inches wide.

The 5-year-old tried jumping in and out but became trapped. Because of the way he landed with his ankles and knees wedged beneath him, firefighters could not pull him out, but had to dig instead.

The boy was scared and cold but did not appear to suffer any serious injuries. Firefighters cut out the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket and placed it over the boy’s head while they were digging so he wouldn’t get dirt in his eyes and mouth.

Boulder Firefighters do not know who dug the holes or why they are there. Firefighters filled the holes to prevent them from being a safety hazard.


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