Disneyland Explosion: Dry Ice 'Bomb' Prompts ToonTown Evacuation

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 07:07 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Disneyland's Toontown experienced a small explosion Tuesday resulting from a dry ice "bomb," causing officials to evacuate the area of the park and temporarily close it for two hours.

The explosion occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of the blast, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

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Toontown is often frequented by families with small children where classic Disney characters, such as Mickey and Minnie call home.

The explosion was confined to a trash receptacle, in which police believe the dry ice was placed within a discarded plastic bottle, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The Toontown explosive device seems to resemble other low-level devices that have exploded in neighborhoods across Anaheim earlier this year, Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn.

"Unfortunately," Dunn told The Times, "it's an all-too-common occurrence."

According to Dunn, authorities are investigating any link between the Toontown blast on Tuesday and the recent Anaheim explosions. Dunn added that investigators will be reviewing video surveillance footage from the amusement park and examining social media sites to determine if anyone alluded to the bombing online prior to the incident.

Disneyland visitors were taken aback by the occurrence considering the park defines itself as "The Happiest Place on Earth."

"You wouldn't expect situations like that coming to a place like this. That is crazy, that's wild," Disneyland guest Jonathan Rosario told the Los Angeles Times. "It reminds us we all need to do our part to be safe."

Cristina Garcia and her daughter Brianna expressed similar concern as they shopped for Minnie shoes together in Toontown hours after it was reopened.

"I wish there were a way to control stuff like that," Garcia said in regards to the explosion. "When you have kids you want it to always be safe."

"It might be good to have more security in times like this," Garcia's husband Hugo added. "We want Disneyland to keep its good reputation."

This isn't the first time a suspicious device has been found in a Disney amusement park trash can.

In early January, a custodian at Disney World in Orlando found three hollowed-out grenades while emptying a trash can in the downtown area of the amusement park.

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The harmless empty casings were likely used at some point in military training exercises, according to Jeff Williamson, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Police have yet to be able to explain how or why the grenade casings wound up in the trash can.

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