Caught on camera: Moment 33-ton aquarium bursts in shopping centre, showering crowds with LIVE SHARKS and shards of glass

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“I saw this in the news, so thought mum wouldn’t mind me posting it on her behalf!”

The tank was an attraction at the entrance to the Shanghai Orient shopping centre in China‘s second city when it shattered without warning on December 19.

Eight of those hurt were customers and the rest were shop assistants and security staff. They mostly suffered deep cuts and bruises from sheets of broken glass.

In the footage below, it is possible to see that the majority of the people were standing right near the aquarium when it exploded.

Shoppers fled in panic as shards of 15cm thick acrylic glass gave way, flooding the entrance of the shopping centre.

Before the accident

A police spokesman said: ‘There were lots of injuries caused by flying glass, some of them serious because the glass was so thick. We are investigating what caused this.’

Three lemon sharks and dozens of turtles and smaller fish, which were housed in the aquarium, were also victims of the accident that was caught on CCTV.

A rush of water and broken glass bursts out of the tank and heads towards the people looking at it

While no official reason has been given for the accident, customers said that they believe a sudden drop in temperature may have caused the burst, as the weather apparently grew much colder in Shanghai last week.

The aquarium was reportedly very popular when it first opened before the National Day holiday two years ago, but there have been problems with the tank before, as in June a ruptured water pipe led to the death of two sharks and the removal of several turtles.

Chen Yongping, an official with the shopping centre management, said that they are not going to ‘build an aquarium again in the future’.

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Published on 26 Dec 2012

This is the shocking moment a 33-ton glass shark tank suddenly burst leaving 15 people injured by flying shards of broken glass and a torrent of water.

In China, animal killer goes scot-free

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A Shanghai woman accused of killing hundreds of cats will not face prosecution despite animal rights campaigners’ efforts because China has no animal protection laws, state media said on Friday.

A group of activists went to Zhou Ying’s home on Wednesday evening after allegations that she had killed hundreds of cats were posted on the internet alongside images of decapitated animals, the Global Times newspaper said.

A scuffle broke out after some gained entrance to the rented flat and police arrived to take the woman and the activists to a nearby station.

“When we entered the apartment, one of us found three headless cats in the kitchen trash bin. It was appalling,” one told the Global Times.

All were released with warnings, but Zhou has permanently left her home following the incident, the Shanghai Daily reported.

“Those people violated my rights. I adopted the cats and I can raise them any way I want,” she told the newspaper.

China drafted an animal protection law in 2009, but it has not been approved, the Global Times said.

A police officer in Shanghai’s northern Zhabei district contacted by AFP on Friday confirmed the case but declined to give details.

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