Berlin Radisson Giant Aquarium bursts, likely killing 1,500 fish

  • A giant aquarium in a hotel lobby in Berlin, Germany exploded on Friday, according to reports.
  • Two people were injured, officials said, and all 1,500 tropical fish in the tank are likely dead.
  • It’s unclear how the aquarium erupted, but officials have ruled out a targeted attack.

A massive aquarium in the lobby of a Berlin hotel erupted early Friday morning, spilling 250,000 gallons of water into nearby streets and likely killing all of its 1,500 tropical fish, according to multiple reports.

Police and firefighters said two people were injured by shards of glass after the 14-meter-tall (46ft) tank exploded at 5:45 a.m. local time at the DomAquarée complex on Friday, the city reported. BBC.

The tank, which set a Guinness World Record for being the largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium, was located in the DomAquarée complex in Berlin’s Mitte district. The complex is home to various businesses including a Radisson Blu hotel.

Officials said water from the aquarium was “leaking almost completely, both into the building and into the streets”, adding that the damage was “incredible”, the BBC and CBS News reported.

All 1,500 tropical fish in the reservoir are likely to have died, German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.

Officials said it was unclear how the tank exploded, but said there was no evidence it was the result of a targeted attack.

A video published by the Berlin television channel Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg shows the interior of the hall littered with debris and large shards of glass from the explosion.

Debris from the collapse was also strewn across the street in front of the building, which was closed due to flooding. Hotel guests were evacuated, DW reported.

“There are dead fish. All the furniture is destroyed. The windows are destroyed. Shards everywhere,” two hotel guests told German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DW reported.

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A woman carries a suitcase past first responders standing amid debris outside the Radisson Blu hotel, where a huge aquarium in the hotel lobby erupted on December 16, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.

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The aquarium, which was opened in December 2003, contained more than 100 different species of fish, the BBC reported.

It was made of acrylic glass and had a built-in elevator in the middle. On Friday, on its website, it said the attraction was temporarily closed.

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