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    Default Explosion in toontown in Disneyland.

    There are reports flooding twitter that there was a small explosion in a trash can in toontown in Disneyland. Reports are saying it was a soda bottle filled with dry ice....


    I have to ask how did that get in the park? I mean it's not like people bring dry ice to drink? Isn't that some kind of chemically imposed ice that causes third degrees burns and such?

    Reports are saying the area was evacuated and no one was injured thank god. Freaks me it though, anyone else?
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    Just heard the same thing. Gets me so upset to hear anything like this to happen in Disney.
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    I just got home from work and turned on my tablet to see a report on this on MSN. It's only natural to get that sinking feeling in your stomach when you here something like this, especially given current events in the world. Really all I can say is we are all concerned but also wait for the facts to come out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinkerbellT421 View Post
    There are reports flooding twitter that there was a small explosion in a trash can in toontown in Disneyland. Reports are saying it was a soda bottle filled with dry ice....


    I have to ask how did that get in the park? I mean it's not like people bring dry ice to drink? Isn't that some kind of chemically imposed ice that causes third degrees burns and such?

    Reports are saying the area was evacuated and no one was injured thank god. Freaks me it though, anyone else?
    Dry ice is used in shipping perishable items (omaha steaks i believe use that to ship products). It can cause third degree burns and frostbite instantly. I don't believe that it came from outside the park. any guard would see a bottle of dry ice a mile away (at normal temps it fogs. if they capped the bottle tight it would have exploded far far sooner because of the release of carbon dioxide... tho why a cast member would do anything like this is beyond me
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    It also could have been an innocent accident. Best not to jump to conclusions.

    Dry ice is commonly used in the food industry and I'm sure Disneyland has large amounts on property at any time. We use it quite often in our lab and I often have inexperienced students accidentally enclosing it in a tube or bottle. Just a few small chips can cause an impressive pop.
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    It is used in the mobile carts that CMs use to restock the ice cream carts. The ice cream carts themselves plug in, but when they need to be re-stocked, the ice cream is brought over in a cart that has dry ice to keep the treats frozen. I've seen them restocking and the CM that handles that ice cream has to wear heavy duty gloves due to the dry ice inside the cart.

    I hate to think this was something a CM did, but it sure does seem like it, as they are the only ones with access to dry ice inside the park.
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    Dulcee, I understand your thought. I'm not jumping to conclusions, just stating the facts. However, I find it hard to innocently believe "dry ice" accidentally ended up in a soda bottle with the lid tightly closed. But that's just me.

    That's my fear as well BreGnat...can anyone just by dry ice like in a store? I thought that was kind of a controlled substance typically only available to companies who need it for keeping things cold such as the ice cream carts. Is it me? I wasn't very good in science class but I do remember it being pretty dangerous to someone if not used correctly.
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    I had heard this has happened around the area not just at DL in the recent past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinkerbellT421 View Post
    That's my fear as well BreGnat...can anyone just by dry ice like in a store? I thought that was kind of a controlled substance typically only available to companies who need it for keeping things cold such as the ice cream carts.
    Anyone can purchase dry ice. There is a local ICE company to me that advertises dry ice for sale. As a previous poster has said Omaha Steaks uses dry ice in styrophone coolers to ship thier products. If you put dry ice in water it creates a dense heavy fog that moves low accross the floor. I put dry ice in water and put it up on my kitchen counter, the fog rolled down the cabiets and accross the floor. Really neat to see. Dry ice is just frozen carbon dioxide in solid form.

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    You can purchase dry ice in most supermarkets that sell bagged ice. It's very easy to get. DH had to buy some a year ago for a military function, and he just got it at Safeway (supermarket).
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    Ah thanks for the info! I can assume then someone may have brought it in for packing a lunch or something, and then maybe innocently threw it away not knowing what it would do? At least we can hope that is the case. Will have to see if Disney releases any further statements. I am sure they have the whole thing on camera somewhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinkerbellT421 View Post
    I am sure they have the whole thing on camera somewhere
    I would be very surprised if they do.

    Of all of the incidence you have read about involving Disney over the years, have you ever seen surveillance video released (not cell-phone footage, but official Disney surveillance)? Even in incidents that led to a both Criminal and Civil trials, no surveillance video out there that I have ever seen, and once it gets to a trial they have no choice but to turn it over during discovery.

    I think Disney depends much more on eyes and ears and less on cameras for monitoring the public areas of the park. I am not counting the cameras they have on attractions to monitor tracks and such, just areas like a trash can outside a bathroom.

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    Sending this to the News forum.
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    Not sure how much of an accident this was... In order to explode dry ice inside a plastic soda bottle, water has to be added...

    As for cameras, cameras are all over the place in all Disney parks.. You'd be surprised as to what areas are monitored (all of them basically)... yes, the person who dropped this bottle is probably on tape... And of course we won't see video of it.. Why should we? The proper authorities will review the tapes... How many incidents are caught on security cameras that the general public does not need to, nor do we ever see? 1,000s a day?
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    Disneyland employee arrested in dry ice explosion at California park
    LOS ANGELES | Wed May 29, 2013 2:40pm EDT

    May 29 (Reuters) - A Disneyland employee has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a destructive device following a dry ice explosion in a trash can at the California park on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday.

    Christian Barnes, 22, identified as an outdoor vending cast member at Disneyland, was being held on $1 million bail, Sergeant Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department said. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizneyFreak2002 View Post
    ... And of course we won't see video of it.. Why should we? The proper authorities will review the tapes...
    Because when incidents result in Civil or Criminal trials, there is rarely an exception made to the public's access to that evidence. There have been several cases where everyone assumes Disney had surveillance, but none was ever produced, even in trials where there was eyewitness testimony about two guys fighting, but there was no surveillance video offered, the best eyewitness of them all.

    Just like with the feeling of security people feel from the bag checks at the gate, Disney relies too much on the assumption of security that is not really there, as illustrated today by the finding of a loaded gun at DAK just laying in a seat.
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    As suspected, it was a CM The guy admitted he did it. Idiot.
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    My thoughts exactly, Nat. Grrrrrr
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    Call me gullible, but I bet this young man thought he would make a little haunted mansion effect of fog coming out of the trash can (he was "plussing it") and failed to realize the consequences of trapping the dry ice in a sealed container with water.

    Back in my youthful indiscretion days I once put a piece of dry ice in a toilet to freak someone out, and years later I realized that it could have cracked the toilet.

    Maybe he is a terrorist, but I think he is just learning a high school science lesson with a million-dollar bond now attached to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goofy4TheWorld View Post
    Call me gullible, but I bet this young man thought he would make a little haunted mansion effect of fog coming out of the trash can (he was "plussing it") and failed to realize the consequences of trapping the dry ice in a sealed container with water.

    Back in my youthful indiscretion days I once put a piece of dry ice in a toilet to freak someone out, and years later I realized that it could have cracked the toilet.

    Maybe he is a terrorist, but I think he is just learning a high school science lesson with a million-dollar bond now attached to it.
    He's 22 years old. He knew what he was doing. There have been a rash of similar "dry ice plastic bottle" bombs in the vicinity recently. He might actually be responsible for those as well, considering he had access to dry ice. Probably why his bond was set so high.
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