Disneyland evacuates Toontown after possible explosion (*Updated)
Written by Robert Niles
Fire crews are on the scene and visitors are being directed out of the Toontown section at Disneyland after what multiple reports described as an explosion in a trash can in the park.
That's all we know at this time. We welcome reports from theme park visitors at the park, in the comments.
Update: A Los Angeles Times reporter is citing the Anaheim Police as saying that it was a bottle of dry ice blowing up. No injuries reported.
Update 2: And here's your relevant Wikipedia entry on how dry ice in a bottle can explode. Multiple readers have reported that dry ice is readily accessible inside the park, as it is used in ice cream carts to keep items frozen cold. Furthermore, although Disneyland does have a bag check outside the front gate, a former security employee said that dry ice isn't something that would typically be kept from being brought into the park, so long as it appears to be used to cool food items.
Update 3: Disneyland announced at 7:45pm PT that Toontown was declared "all clear" and visitors were invited to return to the area.
Update 4 (Wed): Anaheim police report that they've arrested a Disneyland outdoor vending cast member in connection with the incident, Christian Barnes, 22, of Long Beach. He is being held on $1 million bail. The local ABC affiliate (owned by Disney, FWIW), quotes police saying the suspect "is cooperating with investigators and has indicated that this was an isolated incident with 'unanticipated impacts.'"
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