Firefighters remove steel nut stuck on 5-year-old's finger

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) " Firefighters in Connecticut had to be called in after a 5-year-old boy used a power tool to thread a steel nut onto one of his fingers.

The Stamford Fire Department says the boy used a screw gun-type power tool on Sunday to thread the 3/8-inch nut onto an index finger past the first knuckle.

Staff at a hospital couldn't remove the nut, so they called in the fire department. A four-person crew managed to get it off without hurting the boy.

The boy was sedated, and firefighters cut the nut using a rotary tool. They used saline to dissipate the heat and a metal dipstick to protect the boy's finger.

Officials say two cuts were made to spread the nut. It then slid off the child's finger.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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