Sharks Escape Into Mall: Watch Video As Glass And 33-tons Of Water Injure 15 In Shanghai Mall [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on December 27, 2012 1:08 PM EST

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A 33.5-ton shark tank explodes in a Shanghai shopping mall. 15 people are injured and 3 sharks were killed. (Photo: YouTube)

Holiday shopping just got a lot more exciting in a Shanghai shopping mall when a mammoth glass shark tank holding 33 tons of water suddenly shattered, unleashing a mini tsunami inside the complex.

The 23 ft-by-10 ft aquarium was an attraction at the entrance of the Shanghai Orient luxury shopping center when the glass fractured without warning on December 19.

All caught on video from the shopping center's closed circuit security camera, the three shoppers barely had time to flee before the rushing water overwhelmed them, knocking them away and even taking down cosmetic booths and other stands placed close to the tank.

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In all, eight customers were hurt during the incident while the rest of the injured were shop workers and security staff in the mall. Large sheets of flying broken glass caused deep cuts. According to a police spokesperson, "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."

Not only were a number of people hurt, but three lemon sharks, a dozen turtles, and several small fish were also killed in the bizarre incident.

Details are still vague at this time as the investigation is ongoing. At this point, there is still no official explanation as to why the 15cm thick acrylic glass failed and why the shark tank exploded. Early speculations suggest that the changing cold climate might have caused the glass to become brittle. That said, the glass is relatively new as the tank wasn't erected until two years ago.

Responding to the incident, Chen Yongping, an official with the shopping center management, addressed Shanghai Daily that the mall “will not build an aquarium again in the future.”

Check out the incredible footage from the Shanghai Orient shopping mall's security camera below as a shattered aquarium sends water and glass crashing at 15 people:

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