Disneyland employee arrested in connection with ‘Toontown’ dry ice explosion

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 14:48 EDT
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Disneyland guests evacuate after a small explosion inside the park on May 28. Image via KNBC-TV.
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A 22-year-old Disneyland employee was arrested late Tuesday night with a dry ice explosion that forced the theme park to be evacuated, KNBC-TV reported on Wednesday.

Christian Barnes, who works as an outdoor vendor at the park, is being held on $1 million bail and charged with possession of a destructive device after police in Anaheim, California apprehended him.

“At this point, we don’t know it was on purpose or by accident or accidentally thrown away,” a department spokesperson told the station.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday morning that the park was closed for two hours after the explosion, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday. No injuries were reported. Police said on Tuesday that the dry ice was inside a plastic bottle put in a trashcan in the “Mickey’s Toontown” section of the park.

Watch KNBC’s initial report on the explosion, aired on Tuesday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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