BERLIN — An American company that helped build a giant aquarium in Berlin says it is sending a team to investigate a tank explosion that sent debris, water and a wave of tropical fish into a hotel lobby and onto Crashed. off road.
Reynolds Polymer Technology, which says it manufactured and installed the AquaDome tank’s cylinder component 20 years ago, said in an emailed statement that “at this point, it is too early to determine the factor or factors that may have led to such a failure.” will produce.”
Police have said they have found no evidence of any malicious act, but the cause of the spectacular collapse, which occurred just before 6 a.m. on Friday, left two people with minor injuries. Berlin’s top security official, Iris Sprenger, told German news agency DPA on Friday that “the first signs point to physical fatigue.”
Completely destroyed giant aquariumTank with 1500 fish explodes, water fills the streets of Berlin
In Uganda:2-year-old boy swallowed by hippo, stoned animal to save boy’s life, say police
Officials said on Friday evening that the safety of the hotel building has been assessed.
The local government said that about 1,500 fish inside at the time of the explosion died, but “a few fish at the bottom of the tank” survived. About 400 to 500 mostly small fish were moved from a different set of aquariums located under the hotel lobby to other tanks in a nearby aquarium that was unaffected.
The Aquadome Aquarium opened in December 2003 and was modernized in 2020.
What is everyone talking about? Sign up for our trending newsletter to get the latest news of the day
Grand Junction, Colorado-based Reynolds Polymer, which says on its website that 41 of its acrylic panels were used in the manufacture of the tank cylinder, said it offered “its serious concern” to hotel guests and workers who may have been affected. and those who were injured. It added that “we are also deeply saddened by the loss of animals and aquatic life.”