A giant shark tank shattered in China yesterday, sending glass and fish flying into the crowd at a busy Shanghai mall, and injuring 15 people. Eight of those hurt were customers and the rest were security staff and shop assistants. They mostly suffered deep cuts and bruises from sheets of broken glass. People were watching the acvatic show as the shark tank breaks into pieces.
The tank was an attraction at the entrance to the Shanghai Orient shopping centre.
According to local media, three lemon sharks and dozens of fish and turtles surfed the water explosion into the shopping mall when the 5.9-inch (15 centimeters) acrylic glass bursted, as you can see in this video captured by CCTV cameras.
In June, two sharks in the tank died after a water pipe broke.
“We will not build an aquarium again in the future,” said Chen Yongping, an official with the center’s management.
The CCTV footage of the incident has been uploaded to YouTube and viewed more than 300,000 times.
Here’s an image with the aquarium intact before the break and a few pictures with the shattered aquarium:
According to its site “Orient Shopping Centre is a chain of high-end stores. In the minds of the people of Shanghai, shopping here is a wonderful and distinguished experience.
Located on Xujiahui shopping center, the most prosperous district in Shanghai, Orient Shopping Centre possesses of 6-storey retail podium, providing the high-end shopping experience with more than 60,000 kinds of commodities, one third of which are imported, including fashion, accessories, Gold Jewelry, Watches, Glasses and Home Appliances.”