Eight months after the Berlin giant aquarium Aquadom burst, an expert report rules out intentional damage. "The report sees no evidence of willful, targeted third-party interference," said the owner company Union Investment, which commissioned the report, on Friday. The broadcaster RBB had previously reported.
The concrete result of the report on the bursting of the 16 meter high plastic cylinder with a million liters of water will only be communicated in October, it said. The report is not yet available in written form. When the time comes, it must be analyzed and legally assessed, only then do you go public. At the same time, the report will also be made available to the public prosecutor, who is investigating several injured people due to negligent bodily harm.
The aquarium in the lobby of a Berlin hotel near Alexanderplatz burst in the early morning hours of December 16, 2022. A million liters of water flowed into the hotel and onto the street. Almost all of the 1500 fish died.
Many possible reasons were given for the accident: a faulty design, a faulty material, material fatigue, cracks on the surface, temperature fluctuations. For the report, a team of engineers tried to put the more than 700 fragments back together as faithfully as possible in a warehouse in Brandenburg. The cause of the damage also plays a role in the assumption of costs by the insurance company.