Christian Isaiah Barnes Cops to Holding Dry-Ice Bombs While Working Disney's Kaboomtown
The former Disneyland cast member arrested after two dry ice bombs exploded at the Tragic Kingdom in May cut a plea deal that had him copping to misdemeanor possession of a destructive device. In exchange, Long Beach 23-year-old Christian Isaiah Barnes was sentenced to the 36 days he already spent in jail, three years informal probation, 100 hours of community service and an order to stay away from the House That Walt Built.
Barnes was originally held on $1 million bail but prosecutors sought $500,000 bail for the beverage cart worker, who'd been relieved by a female worker on May 28 when she opened a cart door and a water bottle filled with dry ice exploded. Barnes had taken with him a second bottle he tossed in a Toontown trash can, and it exploded after a custodian emptied the receptacle.
No one was injured, Toontown was evacuated and closed for three hours and the Orange County sheriff's bomb squad was called in.
But Orange County Superior Court Judge Nicholas Thompson in Fullerton first lowered the bail to $50,000, then later ordered Barnes' release on his own recognizance on June 13, explaining he did not believe the worker harbored malicious intent with the devices. Barnes initially pleaded not guilty to charges that could have sent him to prison for six years.