Rescue crews pumped fresh air through vents to the crying child until the American girl was freed.
The locksmith pried the toddler unharmed from the vault on Friday night after about four hours.
She went missing while visiting a grandparent who worked at a Wells Fargo bank branch in the greater Atlanta suburb of Conyers, police said.
Authorities said police and firefighters couldn’t free the toddler and feverishly summoned the locksmith after the child apparently strayed into the open vault as the bank was closing – before an employee shut the vault door for the day.
Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution it was a “very tense scene” as authorities stood by along with the relatives, and rescue workers pumped fresh air into vents leading to the vault.
The child was spotted on security cameras inside the vault, which has a time-release lock.
Mr Wilson said the locksmith used a large drill to breach the vault about four hours after it had been closed.
“That was one of the better moments I’ve ever witnessed,” he said, adding the girl was fine except for needing a nappy change.
He said the girl delivered a note written by her grateful mother to the locksmith before heading home.
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Toddler Trapped For Hours In Bank Vault In Atlanta, Georgia