Rescue workers pumped fresh air into the vault's vents at the Wells Fargo branch in Conyers, and a professional safecracker managed to open it Friday evening with the aid of "a very large drill," Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told reporters.
The little girl was with her mother and grandmother, who works at the bank, at closing time, Wilson said. She apparently wandered away and went into the vault. It was unclear whether the vault automatically shut behind her or if an employee closed it, not realizing someone was inside.
Because the vault was on a timer-release, it would have remained locked for the night, Wilson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Paramedics and firefighters were unable to open it and called in the specialist, who received a high-speed police escort to the bank. "Other than a child being in there, it was a routine job," safe technician Ron Snively told WXIA-TV.
She was reunited with her mom after about four hours. "That was one of the better moments I've ever witnessed," Wilson said.
The toddler was unharmed, the chief added, but did need a fresh diaper.