Sharks escape into Shanghai mall after tank explodes
A security camera (video below) captured the chaotic moment inside the Shanghai Oriental Shopping Center on Dec. 18. Injuries included cuts from broken glass and a broken ankle, reports the China Daily.
According to the BBC, three lemon sharks and dozens of turtles and small fish were killed when the 33-ton tank ruptured.
"It was horrible, like a bomb explosion. Some pedestrians were pushed two meters away by the force of the water," a shoe vendor at the mall tells the China Daily.
The aquarium was built only two years ago, but some have posited that shoddy materials -- combined with cold temperatures in Shanghai -- contributed to its collapse.
This isn't the first incident for the aquarium, though: A broken pipe in June reportedly led to the death of three sharks in the display.