It happened on December 19
, when literally tons of water and sharks spewed out as the shark tank, situated at the entrance of the shopping center, burst. To make matters worse, there were also large pieces of thick glass floating around.
Fifteen people were injured, mostly with deep cuts and bruises. Eight were apparently customers in the shopping center and the balance of the injured were shop assistants and security staff. Shopping center workers were carried out of the center by their colleagues, according to witnesses.
“There were lots of injuries caused by flying glass, some of them serious because the glass was so thick. We are investigating what caused this,” a police spokesman told the media.
On the aquatic side of things, three lemon sharks and dozens of turtles and smaller fish, which were housed in the 7-meter-long, 3-meter-high aquarium, were victims of the accident.
In the CCTV footage
above, it is possible to see that the majority of the people were standing right near the aquarium when it exploded. Shoppers fled in panic as shards of 15-centimeter thick acrylic glass gave way, flooding the entrance of the shopping center.
While no official
reason has been given for the accident, customers said that they believe a sudden drop in temperature may have caused the burst, as the weather apparently grew much colder in Shanghai last week.
The aquarium was reportedly very popular when it first opened before the National Day holiday two years ago, but there have been problems with the tank before, as in June a ruptured water pipe led to the death of two sharks and the removal of several turtles.
Chen Yongping, an official with the shopping center management which owned the aquarium, said that they are not going to “build an aquarium again in the future.”