updated 8/14/2007 3:50:52 PM ET 2007-08-14T19:50:52

Gun safes are supposed to keep children out, but a 10-year-old boy managed to lock himself in.

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Daniel Jancura and two other boys were playing with a safe on display at a Sam’s Club on Monday when he became trapped inside. It was at least 15 minutes before firefighters and store employees could get him out.

“I was pretty scared,” the Rutland boy said. “It was hot.”

Daniel’s mother, Laura Jancura, had brought him, his older brother and a cousin on a shopping outing. The boys came across the safe — which is 5 feet tall, 30 inches wide and 22 inches deep — while she wasn’t looking.

Playing with the key pad on the lock, they somehow managed to open the door. Daniel crawled inside and the door locked behind him.

His mother said at first she couldn’t believe what had happened.

“My back was turned for five minutes,” she said.

Deputy Fire Chief John Sullivan said officials were prepared to force open the safe if necessary, but store employees were able to get an override code from the manufacturer.

Slowing down things, however, was a security feature that locks the key pad for at least 5 minutes so no new code could be entered.

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