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Disneyland Toontown Explosion

disney-suspectA Disneyland employee was arrested in connection with a dry ice explosion inside a trash can in the theme park’s Toontown area.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) — A Disneyland employee accused of setting off two dry ice explosions at the theme park pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

Christian-Barnes

Booking photo: Christian Barnes, 22

Christian Barnes, 22, of Long Beach, was charged with a felony count of possession of a destructive device in a public place.

Barnes was originally reported to have set off one bomb, but authorities revealed on Thursday that he allegedly had two water bottles containing dry ice.

The first bottle exploded in his vending cart, and a second bottle tossed into a trash can went off several minutes later, prosecutors said.

Barnes’ bail was set at $500,000, down from $1 million.

His next court appearance was set for June 7. He could face six years in prison if convicted.

The explosion in the trash can was reported around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Disneyland’s Toontown area.

There were no injuries and no damage reported, but it caused quite a commotion.

Parkgoers were evacuated from the area immediately, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.

“We’re not certain that he understood the full weight of what would happen when this did go off in those trash cans,” Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.

“Is it possible that it was a prank? Absolutely,” Dunn said. “Are we investigating it as a crime? Absolutely.”

Barnes’ father, Raymond, told KTLA that he thought the whole thing was just “an unfortunate mistake.”

“He’s not someone that would do something to hurt anyone or anything like that,” he said. “He’s not violent at all.”

“They have a right to check into things thoroughly, and I understand that,” he said. “But when the smoke clears, they’ll see that he’s a very good kid.”

Disneyland officials said they were taking the matter very seriously and were working with authorities.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) A Disneyland employee was arrested in connection with a small dry-ice explosion in the theme park’s Toontown area, Anaheim police said on Wednesday.
The employee was identified as an outdoor vending cast member, 22-year-old Christian Barnes of Long Beach.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) — A Disneyland employee was arrested in connection with a small dry-ice explosion in the theme park’s Toontown area, Anaheim police said on Wednesday.

The employee was identified as an outdoor vending cast member, 22-year-old Christian Barnes of Long Beach.

He was arrested late Tuesday and booked on suspicion of possessing a destructive device, according to a news release from the Anaheim Police Department. His bail was set at $1 million.

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Booking photo: Christian Barnes, 22

“Barnes is cooperating with investigators and has indicated this is an isolated incident with unanticipated impacts,” according to the news release.

The explosion was reported about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a trash can in Mickey’s Toontown.

Dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle that was left in the trash can, police said.

There were no injuries and no damage reported, but the incident forced the evacuation of the area.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was called in to assist with the investigation.

“We were only there a minute or two when a Disney person came up and told us we needed to evacuate the area,” visitor Mark Rohrbaugh said.

“There was probably at least 25 Disney personnel heading into Toontown as we were heading out,” his wife, Nanette, said.

Disney employees formed a line blocking the entrance to Toontown.

“This afternoon, a small bang was heard in a trash can at Mickey’s Toontown,” Disneyland said in a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

“In an abundance of caution, the area was evacuated. There were no injuries and no reported damage. We are working with local authorities who are now on-site and reviewing.”

Around 7:30 p.m., Disneyland announced that Toontown had been cleared by police and was reopened to visitors.

It remained unclear if the explosion was intentionally set off or if it was an accident, police said.

“These are very common, unfortunately, in our neighborhoods, so we do respond to these quite a bit,” said Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn.

Anaheim police were reviewing surveillance video and looking at Internet postings and social media as part of their investigation.

A Disneyland employee was arrested in connection with a small dry-ice explosion in the theme park’s Toontown area, Anaheim police said on Wednesday.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/29/toontown-evacuated-after-explosion-at-disneyland/#ixzz2UijtGD1H

Disneyland officials were reassuring visitors on Wednesday, a day after an apparent dry ice “bomb” caused a scare at the theme park.

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Police were investigating an explosion Tuesday of a dry ice “bomb” at Disneyland’s Toontown.

The blast was reported around 5:30 p.m. inside a trash can located near Toontown City Hall.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/28/toontown-evacuated-after-explosion-at-disneyland/#ixzz2UefwupZY

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