THE world’s largest freestanding aquarium has dramatically burst sending nearly a million litres of water into the street.
Hundreds of exotic fish were spilled out of the massive fish tank in a four-star hotel in Berlin, Germany on Friday morning.
8The explosion caused huge damage to the four-star hotelCredit: AP8The massive fish tank burst sending glass water and tropical fish into the street8Two people were injured following the explosion of the fish tankCredit: EPA8A dead fish lies in the debris in front of the Radisson Blu hotel in BerlinCredit: AFP8The explosion of the massive aquarium sent glass water and fish into the streetCredit: AP8The massive aquarium in Berlin contained 1,500 tropical fishCredit: Twitter/Radisson Blu BerlinThe 82 feet tall AquaDom, the biggest cylindrical tank in the world, located in the Radisson Blu Hotel was destroyed in the explosion.
A wave of debris swept out of the building, as one million litres of water poured from the aquarium shortly before 6 a.m. police said.
Broken glass, twisted metal and dying fish were all swept away into the street in the flood from the Sea Life aquarium.
Berlin’s fire service said two people were slightly injured. Rescue dogs were searching the building for anyone who might be trapped under debris.
They wrote on Twitter: “The aquarium is damaged, water is leaking. The situation is not clear at the moment.”
Fire service spokesman Adrian Wentzel said: “We have not yet been able to walk the first floor completely, which is probably where these fish will be.
“But the thing is that the water has completely leaked out and these about 1,400 fish that were in this aquarium could not be saved either.”
There was speculation freezing temperatures that got down to -10C overnight caused a crack in the tank, which then exploded under the weight of the water.
A spokesperson from the fire brigade told German newspaper Bild: “If the aquarium is defective, then it bursts suddenly.”
Police said there was no evidence the incident resulted from an attack.
About 300 guests and employees had to be evacuated from the hotel surrounding the aquarium.
Sandra Weeser, a German lawmaker who was staying in the hotel, said she was awoken by a large bang and thought there might have been an earthquake.
“There are shards (of glass) everywhere. The furniture, everything has been flooded with water,” she said. “It looks a bit like a war zone.
Another hotel guest named Christian, said: “We heard a loud cracking sound. Then we woke up.
“My wife said something flew past the window. I got up shortly afterwards and saw that the aquarium, which was still standing yesterday and had been cleaned from the inside, had collapsed.”
State Secretary Markus Kamrad, 51, revealed that some fish that survived the explosion were taken to the local zoo.
The AquaDom was the world’s largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium that cost about £11.2 million when it was first opened in 2004.
The massive attraction was home to around 100 different tropical fish species, which could be seen up close with a specially-built lift.
It was closed in October 2019, and reopened about 18 months ago after “modernisation work”.
8The Aquadom was destroyed in the explosionCredit: AP8The fish tank was a popular tourist attractionCredit: AP
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