An 8-year-old boy was freed Sunday after being trapped in an airtight bank safe in Istanbul, Turkey.

Scores of onlookers watched as firefighters used a sledgehammer and electric saw to free Cihan Sevinc.

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The youngster had found the discarded vault while playing in a footpath in Istanbul with friends. It had been left outside a safe shop, whose owner was away on holiday.

Unaware of the danger it posed, Cihan climbed into the safe and his companions shut the door behind him as a joke.

One alarmed passerby who saw what had happened called the fire department. "I saw the children playing," the witness said. "Then they put the boy in the vault and closed the door. I rushed and called the police."

Click here to watch the rescue video at the Times of London.