updated 12/28/2012 AT 12:40 PM ET
•originally published 12/28/2012 AT 1:55 PM ET
A 33-ton tank housing sharks, turtles and fish shattered in a Shanghai shopping mall, sending a torrent of water that injured more than a dozen shoppers and employees in a dramatic moment caught on video.
The tank burst Dec. 19 at the Orient Shopping Center, hurtling huge shards of glass through the gushing water that wiped out a cosmetics counter. Those injured suffered cuts and bruises and several people had to be rescued, according to Chinese news reports.
Three lemon sharks, several turtles and numerous small fish also were killed.
Installed just two years ago, the tank may have broken due to a combination of low temperatures and weak materials, according to the BBC.