By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES May 29 A Disneyland employee has
been arrested on suspicion of possessing a destructive device
following a small explosion in a trash can at the California
theme park on Tuesday that prompted the evacuation of Mickey's
Toontown, police said on Wednesday.
Christian Barnes, identified as a 22-year-old outdoor
vending cast member at Walt Disney Co's Disneyland, was
being held on $1 million bail, Sergeant Bob Dunn of the Anaheim
Police Department said in a statement.
"Barnes is cooperating with investigators and has indicated
that this is an isolated incident with unanticipated impacts,"
Dunn said a police search of the area where the explosion
occurred turned up evidence of a dry ice explosion. A Disneyland
spokeswoman, Suzi Brown, said the incident appears to have been
a prank and the theme park was working closely with local
She said the company was considering whether to suspend or
The small explosion in a trash can, shortly before 5:30 p.m.
local time on Tuesday, prompted the evacuation of Mickey's
Toontown, a theme area where children can visit the
cartoon-style homes of Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters.
Visitors were allowed to return about two hours later after
police cleared the scene. There were no reports of damage or
Dunn said that Anaheim police officers assisted by the
Orange County Sheriff's Bomb Squad searched the trash can and
found remnants of a water bottle, which he said was indicative
of a dry ice explosion.
Dunn said that Barnes, of Long Beach, California, was booked
into the Anaheim Police Department on suspicion of possessing a
Disneyland, located in Anaheim some 35 miles southeast of
Los Angeles, is Disney's original theme park and one of the
nation's top tourist draws.
The 57-year-old park attracted more than 16 million visitors
in 2011, the most recent year statistics were available,
according to trade group Themed Entertainment Association.