The boy with his head stuck between two stone pillars
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Boy freed after head stuck in balcony

16 August 2012 Last updated at 16:21 BST

Firefighters had to use hydraulic spreading pliers to rescue a boy in southwest China after he got his head stuck in between two stone pillars on a balcony.

China's state television, CCTV, said the boy lodged his head in the hole while playing with other children on a stairway of a local government building in Hezhang county in Guizhou.

The boy was upset, but not injured.

Karin Giannone reports.