Child extracted from playground equipment in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Lynchburg safety inspectors are taking a second look after a child got stuck in a piece of playground equipment.

The incident happened at Riverside Park where the child had to be cut out of the equipment.

Safety inspectors say this kind of incident has happened before with other playground equipment. But, they stress that all the equipment meets safety standards.

The 12-year-old boy was climbing through a hole when he became lodged inside. "[He] was able to get his head and most of his torso through the hole and found that his hips got stuck," said Clay Simmons, the Deputy Director of Public Works.

Simmons says the climber, like all other playground equipment, is double-checked by safety inspectors.

This piece of equipment, called the "Cozy Dome," is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Safety inspectors say it meets all safety requirements for the American Society for Testing and Materials. "What we're most focused on are strangulation type of events and that's really what those standards are built around to prevent," said Simmons.

Luckily, firefighres say the child wasn't in any danger during the process, just a little uncomfortable. "They arrived on the scene, we're talking about the fact that it took them minutes to get him out of the situation that he was in," said Wormser.

A replacement Cozy Dome is now on the way.

In the meantime, safety inspectors ask that children stay off of the dome until it is replaced.