A Colorado-based company sends a team to investigate the aquarium’s collapse

When the world’s largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium burst, it sent a wave of debris, water and fish through the hotel lobby and onto the street.

BERLIN, Germany — A US company that helped build a massive aquarium in Berlin says it is dispatching a team to investigate the tank’s rupture, sending a wave of debris, water and tropical fish through the hotel lobby, in Berlin where it was crashed into the street outside.

Reynolds polymer technologythat says it manufactured and installed the cylinder component of the AquaDom tank 20 years ago, said in an emailed statement that “at this point it is too early to determine the factor or factors that would lead to such a failure.”

Police said they found no evidence of a malicious act but found the cause the spectacular collapse just before 6 a.m. on Friday, in which two people were slightly injured, remains unclear. “First indications point to material fatigue,” said Berlin’s top security officer Iris Spranger on Friday of the German press agency dpa.

Officials said Friday night that the hotel building itself has been deemed safe.

The local government said almost all of the 1,500 fish in it at the time of the rupture died, but “a few fish at the bottom of the tank” were saved. About 400 to 500 mostly small fish from a separate set of aquariums housed under the hotel lobby were evacuated to other tanks in a neighboring aquarium that was unaffected.

The AquaDom aquarium was opened in December 2003 and modernized in 2020.

Grand Junction, Colo.-based Reynolds Polymer, which states on its website that 41 of its acrylic sheets were used in the construction of the tank cylinder, said it gave “its sincere concern” expressing hurt. It said: “We are also deeply saddened by the lost animals and aquatic life.”

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Laura Coffey

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