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There's a couple ways to interpret this scene. The straightforward approach is to just assume she was cutting her hand with the can to see if maybe the 'power' they thought they had had to do with the can or with themselves, meaning maybe only organic matter (bodies, blood, etc) will work, but the blood still dripped to the ground. The other more ...
I think it's consequence. The whole story is this "haunted house" that allows the kids to do whatever they want, free to explore and roam. It's childhood. The agents' truck is the looming, oncoming reality of adulthood. They dispose of the magical playground, and the main character feels hurt, now outside of the consequence-free environment they came from.
Echoing Trenin's excellent answer (to the same question on Scifi:SE), the simplest answer is that they were already very close to the Kid's location. When they saw him "self-substantiate", this presumably had much the same effect on his "input/output carrier signal" as taking the red pill, allowing them to rescue him before he drowned: They were watching ...
If you watch the film carefully, you see that the can came from the "glitched" area and bounced out of quarantine as the Agents were resetting it. The can is the one object that survived their purge. When she cut her self, maybe she realized the truth, or had some form or power or aspect of the glitched area transferred to her. Or maybe it was a ...
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