(BERLIN, GERMANY) — A giant aquarium inside a luxury Berlin hotel exploded Friday morning, spilling more than 250,000 gallons of water and around 1,500 exotic fish into the streets of the Mitte district.
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At least two people were injured when the world’s ‘largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium’ AquaDom, standing at 14 meters tall and housed at the Radisson Blu hotel, burst just before 6.a.m. Dec. 16, according to reports.
100 first responders rushed to the catastrophic scene to evacuate 300 guests from the hotel.
“The whole aquarium burst and what’s left is total devastation,” Sandra Weeser, a hotel guest, told Reuters. “Lots of dead fish, debris.”
Videos of the aftermath show debris, shards of glass, and dead fish scattered throughout the road.
The cause of the burst is unknown, but authorities speculate freezing overnight temperatures that reached minus 14 degrees Fahrenheit produced a crack in the tank.
The aquarium reportedly cost $14 million to construct, and held the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest cylindrical aquarium.’
Coincidentally, behind the debris, lay a nearly untouched jewelry boutique called ‘Frey Wille.’
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