The Internet will be playing a large role in the investigation into the Disneyland explosion that rocked Mickey’s Toontown Tuesday night, with the Anaheim Police Department combing through social media and postings on message boards and Twitter as part of their probe into the Anaheim blast.
Nobody was injured in the dry ice explosion at Disneyland, according to the theme park. The dry ice was placed in a can that exploded around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, causing an evacuation of the Southern California theme park. Parkgoers were allowed back into Disneyland about two hours later, when the theme park was given an “all clear.”
While there are no suspects as of Wednesday morning, the Anaheim Police Department has determined that the explosive was similar to other blasts that were recently detonated in the city, Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn told the Los Angeles Times. Police haven’t linked the Disneyland explosion to the other blasts, but they are looking into the possibility that they are connected.
“Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common occurrence,” he told the paper.
The Anaheim Police Department is examining surveillance video, Internet postings and social media in its investigation into the Disneyland explosions, according to the Times.
The blast did not cause any injuries, and the radius of the explosion was extremely small – it did not extend past the trash can that the dry ice was placed in.
Disneyland visitors near the explosion explained what they heard and saw to Los Angeles television station KCBS.
"Just a big boom and the trash can exploding ... the lid coming up ... people were at a standstill," said Vanessa Vasquez, according to CNN. “It was kind of a little scary when I saw the whole area [look like] a ghost town.”
Allen Wolf, another visitor, noted that blasts aren’t expected in the Toontown section of Disneyland, where the ambience makes parkgoers feel that they are in an old-fashioned cartoon.
“It was a very tense at the moment it happened because you don’t expect to hear that sound at Toontown,” he said. "I looked up. Everyone stopped and looked up. Security surrounded the trash cans then told everyone they were evacuating."