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Disneyland arrest: Explosion at a family vacation spot is hard to hear about

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(Read caption) A Disneyland explosion was caused by dry ice in a water bottle but did not injure anyone. Here, cast members of the show 'Mickey and the Magical Map' perform at the park.

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The parks are probably the most legendary family vacation spot in the world (remember those “I’m going to Disney World” commercials?).

And that makes headlines this morning with the phrase “Disneyland explosion” just a little more sad to see.

The good news is that no one was hurt in the incident, which prompted Disney staffers to evacuate part of the park. According to authorities, dry ice was left inside a plastic bottle, which was then put in a trash can in the Toontown area of the park. Toontown is an area containing the “houses” of popular cartoon characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse as well as some rides. Authorities have since arrested a park employee who worked as a vendor and Disneyland stated they are working with investigators.

The small explosion caused by the water bottle resulted in the area being evacuated for about two hours, according to the Anaheim Police Department. Sgt. Bob Dunn told the Los Angeles Times that the plastic bottle seemed similar to other explosives that had been put in other areas of Anaheim.

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

Of course, the incident could have been an accident, he said in a separate interview with NBC Los Angeles.

“At this point, we don't know it was on purpose or by accident or accidentally thrown away," Dunn said. "We are looking at all aspects.”


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