ethan rescuedWhat a difference a day -- or two -- makes. Less than 48 hours ago, 5-year-old Ethan was being held captive in an underground bunker by deranged Vietnam vet Jimmy Lee Dykes; earlier today, the rescued Alabama boy was "running around his hospital room, putting sticky notes on everyone that was in there, eating a turkey sandwich, and watching SpongeBob," (according to Dale County Schools Superintendent Donny Bynum).

Of course Ethan is excited -- not only is he finally free again, he's also got his 6th birthday party to plan. A birthday which Ethan is incredibly lucky to be celebrating, particularly considering what FBI agents found in that bunker earlier today ...

"Crude homemade bombs" were in that bunker, "at least one" of which was located in the plastic pipe police used to communicate with Dykes. So rescuing Ethan by storming the bunker was definitely a risky move -- but it also turned out to be the best possible move authorities could have made. Can you imagine how tragically this tale might have ended if their timing were wrong?

Thankfully their timing was perfect. And Ethan is perfect. And the party he's planning will no doubt be the most perfect birthday bash of his life.

Do you think FBI agents were extremely lucky to time Ethan's rescue so perfectly?


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