A dry ice bomb exploded in a trash can at Disneyland’s Toon Town on Tuesday night, at about 5:30 pm. The Anaheim Police Department sent officers to examine the debris and guests were evacuated from that part of the park.
The dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle that was left in a trash can. The explosion was confined to the can, according to the Anaheim Police Department, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
This is not something new, in case you are wondering. It has been public knowledge for some time that if you put dry ice in a plastic water bottle, and add a little water, then tighten the cap, it will build up pressure and explode.
Needless to say, this is a very dangerous thing to do. The bottle can send plastic shrapnel flying at high speed – that can actually injure bystanders. It is so dangerous that it is illegal to make dry ice bombs here in California, so whoever left the dry ice bomb at Disneyland broke the law.
These dry ice bombs take about thirty seconds to explode, but you have to set them up, and doing so requires gloves as the dry ice will actually burn your bare skin.
Whoever did this at Disneyland was no prankster. Make no mistake this was an act of terror, lame as it turned out to be. And you have to wonder if the perpetrator was practicing for something bigger.
The device appeared similar to other devices that have exploded in Anaheim neighborhoods in recent months, Sgt. Bob Dunn said, according to the L.A. Times.
If that is true, those other explosions may have been dry runs, but it also indicates that the bombers are not too bright. And they are probably locals.
Disneyland cast members search bags and purses when you enter into the plaza that separates Disneyland from California Adventures. You can bet that those cast members will be taking much more time now as they inspect those bags.
By the way, Disneyland has video cameras all over the place. Chances are they caught the bomber on video. Finding him now will be tough but perhaps at some point the Anaheim Police Department might issue a few stills from the Disney security videos.