A 22-year-old Disneyland outdoor vending cast member, Christian Barnes, has been arrested in connection with a dry ice explosion in Mickey’s Toontown area. Anaheim police say Barnes, of Long Beach, was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of possessing a destructive device.
A small explosion from an apparent dry ice “bomb” at Disneyland’s Toontown on Tuesday afternoon forced officials to evacuate people from the popular area, law enforcement authorities said.
No injuries were reported from the blast, which rocked the theme park about 5:30 p.m., the Anaheim Police Department said. Toontown, a popular area for families with small children, was reopened about two hours later, police said.
The dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle that was left in a trash can and the explosion was confined to the can, police said.
The device appeared similar to other devices that have exploded in Anaheim neighborhoods in recent months, Sgt. Bob Dunn said.
He said police were investigating whether there was any connection between those explosions and the blast at Toontown. Investigators planned to review video surveillance footage and examine Internet postings and social media to try to find out who was responsible, Dunn said.
Disneyland said on its Twitter account that Toontown was evacuated “in an abundance of caution.”
Barnes is being held on $1 million bail. Police say he is cooperating with investigators and has indicared that this was an isolated incident with “unanticipated impacts.” If convicted, Barnes could be responsible for paying for the police response.
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