Toronto partygoer gets stuck in safe
TORONTO, March 3 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Toronto had to free a 24-year-old partygoer from a safe that he entered on a dare and then got stuck in for about 30 minutes.
Emergency responders were dispatched to a vacant store before midnight Saturday after receiving a report that a man was stuck in a safe, the Toronto Star reported.
The man spent about a half hour in the safe before he was cut out, police said.
Officials gave conflicting accounts as to how large the safe was -- one described it as
"very large" and the other said it was small -- but all said alcohol was involved in the incident.
The man did not require medical attention after the incident.
Fire ball falls from sky, scorches field
CLAREMONT, Australia, March 3 (UPI) -- Officials on the Australian island of Tasmania said they have received several reports from people who saw a beam of light fall from the sky and start a fire.
Concerned residents of Claremont began reporting seeing a bright light igniting a fire in a nearby field early Saturday, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Tasmania Fire Service officer Scott Vinen said once the fire, which left a distinct burn mark, was put out an investigation into the source started.
"Once we put the fire out, we kind of walked through the fire and tried to find something," he said. "We thought a flare or something may have landed there, but we couldn't find any cause."
The Fire Service will not be investigating the incident any further, the news report said.
Activists do Harlem Shake for Brotherhood
CAIRO, March 2 (UPI) -- A group of young Egyptians put on a performance of the Harlem Shake in front of the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo.
Some in the group wore Guy Fawkes masks, popularized by the movie "V for Vendetta," Ahram Online reported Friday.
A video of the protest organized via Facebook was posted on YouTube.
President Mohamed Morsi, a longtime member of the Brotherhood, is a founder of the group's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party. Members of the opposition have been increasingly critical of all three.
Recently, Brotherhood offices have been attacked by angry protesters. But there is also at least one earlier non-violent protest when activists held a soccer tournament in front of the group's office with a banner that read "Glory to the Martyrs."
Dolphins rescued from freshwater
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., March 2 (UPI) -- Two dolphins stuck drifting in freshwater were successfully guided back out to open waters, California officials said.
The dolphins -- one adult and one juvenile -- were found drifting in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach on Friday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported.
It's unclear how they got there and why they stayed, said Sarah Wilkin, a marine mammal stranding coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"There are different possibilities," Wilkin said. "They could have been foraging and looking for fish. The animal could have been compromised or disoriented, and was lost, so to speak."
Wilkins said authorities had to act quickly to get the dolphins out of the reserve, because freshwater environments can be damaging and eventually even fatal for dolphins, whose bodies need saltwater to survive.
After a failed attempt to get the dolphins to move out on their own, trained workers mounted paddleboards and guided the animals back to open waters.
"We're hopeful that now that they're back in their natural habitat, they'll stay there -- but you never know," Wilkin said. "So I'm sure people in that area will be on the lookout."
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