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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Caught on camera: Moment 33-ton aquarium bursts in shopping centre, showering crowds with LIVE SHARKS and shards of glass

By LEON WATSON

Ready to burst: The tank was an attraction at the entrance to the Shanghai Orient shopping centre in China's second city

This is the shocking moment a 33-ton glass shark tank suddenly burst leaving 15 people injured by flying shards of broken glass and a torrent of water.
The tank was an attraction at the entrance to the Shanghai Orient shopping centre in China's second largest city when it shattered without warning on December 19.
Eight of those hurt were customers and the rest were shop assistants and security staff. They mostly suffered deep cuts and bruises from sheets of broken glass.

A rush of water and broken glass bursts out of the tank and heads towards the people looking at it

A police spokesman said: '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.'
Three lemon sharks and dozens of turtles and smaller fish, which were housed in the aquarium, were also victims of the accident that was caught on CCTV.

Water engulfs the area in front of the shark tank pouring over everything before it

In the footage below, 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 15cm thick acrylic glass gave way, flooding the entrance of the shopping centre.

Before: The aquarium was a popular attraction at the shopping centre in Shanghai

Three lemon sharks were among the victims when the tank burst

The 15 people left injured were taken to hospital. Most were hurt by the flying glass



source: dailymail

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