Anaheim Police Department
Christian Barnes, 22, of Long Beach is the suspect in a dry-ice explosion at Disneyland's Toontown on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
Update 3:25 p.m.: The Anaheim Police Department released a booking photo of Christian Barnes, the 22-year-old suspect in a dry-ice explosion at Disneyland on Tuesday.
Police said that Barnes was booked at the Anaheim Police Department on suspicion of possessing a destructive device; he is being held on $1 million bail.
Barnes is cooperating with investigators and has indicated this is an isolated incident with unanticipated impacts, the police said in a press release (see the full release below).
Update 5/29 2 p.m.: Anaheim police have arrested an outdoor street vendor who works at Disneyland in connection with a dry-ice explosion that caused a partial evacuation of the resort yesterday.
Christian Barnes, 22, of Long Beach was booked on suspicion of possessing a destructive device.
Barnes had access to dry ice as part of his job because Disneyland uses dry ice to cool soft drinks and ice cream, which Barnes sold.
Anaheim police say Barnes is cooperating with investigators and has told them this is an isolated incident with unanticipated impacts.
Authorities see it as a prank, albeit one that could likely have very serious ramifications for Barnes.
"We take matters like this very seriously and are working closely with local authorities," said Disneyland Suzi Brown in response to the arrest. (Story continues below the NBC-LA video below.)
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Update 8:12 p.m.: Disneyland has reopened Mickey's Toontown to guests. Authorities reportedly cleared it just before 8 p.m.
UPDATE: Review is complete. Mickey's Toontown has been deemed "all clear" by local authorities. Guests are welcomed to return.— Disneyland Resort (@Disneyland) May 29, 2013
Update 7:23 p.m.: Disneyland took a moment to notify its fans of the explosion via Twitter.
This afternoon, a small bang was heard in a trash can at Mickey's Toontown. In an abundance of caution, the area was evacuated. (1/2)— Disneyland Resort (@Disneyland) May 29, 2013
There were no injuries and no reported damage.We are working with local authorities who are now on-site and reviewing. (2/2)— Disneyland Resort (@Disneyland) May 29, 2013
Update 7:18 p.m.: Officials say what appears to be dry ice in a plastic bottle caused a small explosion at Disneyland, bringing evacuations but no reports of injuries.
Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Bob Dunn says the blast was reported at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Disneyland's Toontown area, which was evacuated as a precaution.
Police are investigating and an Orange County sheriff's bomb squad was headed to the scene. Park visitor Allen Wolf says he was about 20 feet from the blast, near Toontown's City Hall. He said the sound was similar to a gunshot, but louder.
Wolf says the park's music never stopped playing as security surrounded the trash cans where the bang came from and told visitors they were evacuating.
Disneyland officials did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment.