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NO INJURIES IN APPARENT DRY-ICE DISNEYLAND BLAST: ANAHEIM  (AP) — Officials say what appears to be dry ice in a plastic bottle caused a small explosion at Disneyland, bringing evacuations but no reports of injuries.

Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Bob Dunn says the blast was reported at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Disneyland's Toontown area, which was evacuated as a precaution.

Police are investigating and an Orange County sheriff's bomb squad was headed to the scene.

Park visitor Allen Wolf says he was about 20 feet from the blast, near Toontown's City Hall. He said the sound was similar to a gunshot, but louder.

Wolf says the park's music never stopped playing as security surrounded the trash cans where the bang came from and told visitors they were evacuating.

COACH CHARGED WITH HITTING TEEN REF IN FACE: SANTA CLARITA  (AP) — A 34-year-old coach has been charged with hitting a teenage referee in the face and knocking him to the ground at a Southern California youth flag football came.

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed one count of battery Tuesday against Ahje Palmer of Castaic.

A sheriff's statement says that on April 20 Palmer was coaching a flag football game for kids 12-14 years old at a Santa Clarita park when he got upset about a call and walked on to the field.

The statement says Palmer confronted the 17-year-old referee, yelling at him then hitting him once in the face. The blow knocked the teen to the ground.

There was no public phone listing to reach Palmer for comment, and it's not clear whether he has hired an attorney.

BILL SEEKS TO ENSURE PRIVACY AS DRONE USE RISES: SACRAMENTO . (AP) — California would take its first steps to protect the public from the increased use of unmanned aircraft under a bill approved by the state Senate.

SB15 would amend state privacy laws to take the new pilotless devices into account.

The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles would make it clear that recording people without their knowledge could not be legally done using an unmanned device.

Those using a drone to collect information when there is a reasonable expectation of privacy could face civil and criminal penalties. The bill also would prohibit mounting weapons on drones.

Law enforcement agencies would have to get search warrants in non-emergency situations before using unmanned aircraft.

The bill passed the Senate 38-1 Tuesday and now goes to the Assembly.