The entire "Toontown" section of Disneyland in Californa was evacuated this evening after something exploded in a trash can, prompting a ton of cops to descend on the park. That something, later reports revealed, was dry ice in a plastic bottle. No one was hurt.
The story is leading to some kind of strange phrases involving "Toontown," which, it turns out, is difficult to effectively juxtapose with any serious words. Like this one from the LA Times: "[A police spokesperson] said it was unclear whether the explosion sent shrapnel into the air at Toontown."
The first reports came from tweeters who were apparently at the park during the explosion:
Was sitting in Toontown at Disneyland and something exploded in the trash can. I felt the sound waves of it and Toontown is closed.— Shawna Gonzales (@SurelyShawna) May 29, 2013
Then local stations picked up on the story:
#Breaking: Explosion in Trash Can Reported at Toontown in Disneyland. Fire Crews on Scene.— KTLA (@KTLA) May 29, 2013
Some were less rational about the whole thing:
TERRORISTS ARE AT DISNEYLANDTERRORISTS ARE AT DISNEYLAND TERRORISTS ARE AT DISNEYLAND TERRORISTS ARE AT DISNEYLAND— Gleen (@Glenntertain) May 29, 2013
And once it was clear that no one was hurt, many tweeters started going for the obvious Who Framed Roger Rabbit? reference:
Dry ice in plastic bottles exploded in Disneyland's ToonTown.No injuries reported.Nice try, Judge Doom.— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) May 29, 2013
Hours after the explosion, the park got the "all clear" to return to business as usual.
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