Disneyland Explosion: Dry Ice Bomb In Trash Can Cause Evacuation In Anaheim [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 29, 2013 10:57 AM EDT

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Disneyland explosion was reported on Tuesday when a dry ice bomb detonated in a trash can in Mickey's Toontown. The area was evacuated for two hours before authorities deemed it safe. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A Disneyland explosion on Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m. prompted a full evacuation of the amusement park's Toontown area for two hours.

According to Anaheim police spokesperson Sgt. Bob Dunn, the Disneyland explosion was caused by an improvised dry ice explosive in a bottle left in a Toontown trash can. While the Disneyland explosion did not cause any damage or injury, park officials evacuated tourists.

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"A small bang was heard in a trash can ... In an abundance of caution, we evacuated Toontown to allow local authorities the opportunity to investigate," Disneyland announced in a statement.

Police hope to identify any suspicious activity as an extensive review of surveillance video footage and social media websites began on Wednesday.

According to Sgt. Dunn, the dry ice device that caused the Disneyland explosion is strikingly similar to other blast incidents that have occurred in Anaheim, California, recently. Police are working hard to determine whether the Anaheim incidents and the Disneyland explosion are related.

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

"I looked up. Everyone stopped and looked up," said park visitor Allen Wolf, describing the moment of chaos following the Disneyland explosion. Wolf stood about 20 feet from the trash can blast. "Security surrounded the trash cans then told everyone they were evacuating."

"You wouldn't expect situations like that coming to a place like this. That is crazy, that's wild," said Jonathan Rosario, who brought his toddler to the park. "It reminds us we all need to do our part to be safe."

"I wish there were a way to control stuff like that," said park visitor Cristina Garcia of the Disneyland explosion. "When you have kids you want it to always be safe."

Her husband, Hugo Garcia, asked why he didn't see an increased police presence after the incident.

"It might be good to have more security in times like this," said Garcia, who was visiting with his family from Napa Valley. "We want Disneyland to keep its good reputation."

Investigators have yet to identify the motive of the Disneyland explosion incident.

Dry ice bombs are a relatively simple device that involves a plastic bottle filled with water and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide). As the solid carbon dioxide warms, it sublimates to gas and increases the pressure within the bottle. Ultimately, the building pressure will cause the plastic bottle to rupture, releasing a strong blast of energy.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Disneyland explosion on Tuesday.

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