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Disneyland evacuates Toontown after possible explosion (*Updated)

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Published: May 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

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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Readers' Opinions

From Eric Malone on May 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM
So, no problems. Move along.
From Robert Niles on May 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM
If no one is injured (and let's certainly hope so!), let the weasel jokes commence....
From Robert Niles on May 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM
Although I would not be surprised to see far more attentive bag checks at Disney theme parks, starting tomorrow. Plan your arrival times accordingly. Furthermore, I wouldn't be surprised to see more Disney employees watching the ODV ice cream carts, if they aren't pulled from the parks entirely.
From 108.234.114.213 on May 28, 2013 at 8:30 PM
The lack of shock in the comments section should tell us something about our culture.What if a child had been injured? This is the kind of thing that needs to be punished, not joked about in mere hours after the situation. I'm sure there are some that are even going to make fun of this post but think about it. If your kid was in Toontown at that moment and was injured or traumatized by something like this what would your reaction be? Disneyland is a place for childhood and magic. It's suppossed to be the embodiment of innocence. If this type of thing is allowed to be passed by, the people responsible will just breed more ignorance.
To some, Disneyland is sacred, including me. This has stepped over a huge boundary. People need to start thinking about their actions and how they affect others.
From 166.137.209.173 on May 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM
To the comment saying "shows how our culture is" yeah we are spoiled Americans, we fought for our freedom, yes, but other countries have to worrie about real explosions, not just possible fluke accidents like this probably was. No injuries, no surprises, pure accidents and we need to stop being so eff!ng sensitive!
From Anthony Murphy on May 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM
This is only a couple hour story and it appeared from the beginning that there were no injuries or issues. Disney should take it seriously, but it is good that it didn't end badly!
From TH Creative on May 29, 2013 at 1:52 AM
I hope that our government acts wisely and starts shipping hippos to Gitmo ... You have to KNOW they are behind this incident ... Unfortunately waterboarding does not work on hippos ... Hippos = EVIL.
From Matt Babiak on May 29, 2013 at 4:19 AM
We are not a "weak culture" or whatever you're trying to sell. We knew that nobody was hurt or anything so it didn't really matter in the long run.
From Johnathan Ramey on May 29, 2013 at 5:35 AM
@TH...I just spit coffee all over my desk. That was a good one
From Brian Emery on May 29, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Looks like Robert is back in Cali, Took a job at Disneyland, Planted a bottle with Dry Ice....

All this so Robert could have another story for his web site....

Just Kidding, I am glad no one was hurt.....
I hope they can see who did it on cameras and get the SOB... So many kids in Disney Parks... Many could have been hurt.... Including Plastic Hippos..


From Charles Reichley on May 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM
Why do we assume it was purposeful? If someone had some dry ice to keep their cooler cool, and were done, they might have just thrown the bottle out without loosening the cap, and then you'd have an explosion.

Not everybody is smart enough to understand how everything works. Sometimes, it is just ignorance, not malice, that leads to incidents.

From Brian Emery on May 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM
For Charles...
Disneyland Cast Member Arrested in Toontown Blast

Don’t be Naïve...

From Daniel Etcheberry on May 29, 2013 at 1:08 PM
Roger Rabbit was arrested. Who framed Roger Rabbit?
From James Trexen on May 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM
^He's not bad. He's just drawn that way.
From Jay R. on May 29, 2013 at 2:27 PM
I think Charles was just making that point that it "could" have been extreme negligence as opposed to all out malice (and it could be the other way around).

According to the articles, he was arrested for possessing the dry ice (as opposed to additional charges). So at this point we don't know the entire story.

If this was preplanned or he was trying to hurt others, obviously this will come out.

In this day & age, things like this will be investigated thoroughly, so either way, Disney & the law enforcement will find out what happened.

Thankfully no one was hurt.

From Daniel Etcheberry on May 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM
It was Judge Doom! He wants to destroy Toontown so he can make room for a freeway.

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