A large fish tank full of marine creatures burst at a Downtown Disney restaurant on Monday, sending water onto the floor and customers scrambling.
While customers were being told to leave the T-Rex Cafe dining room, some stayed to capture the leaking tank on their smartphone video cameras.
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Officials at the Houston, Texas-owned company that operates the T-Rex Cafe issued a statement Tuesday, saying a seal on the tank failed, causing the leak.
“Employees took action and did a great job rescuing all of the marine life, caring for our guests and managing the situation,” the statement read, according to the Orlando Sentinel
. “The marine life has been moved to holding tanks and the restaurant is open for business as usual.''
Kate Wallace, 28, of San Diego, told the Sentinel that she and her family were sitting about 20 feet away from the large, circular tank and heard a loud noise. She described “a lot of commotion” that followed but said staff acted quickly to help customers after water began streaming into the dining room.
"The staff — they were doing the best job that they could," she said. "It was craziness. Just kind of people freaking out. It's not something that you see very often. How do you respond to that?"
According to witnesses, staff members scooped up the fish with nets and used trash cans and long-handled squeegees to contain the damage. There were no injuries reported.
In addition to the Downtown Disney location, the Houston-based Landry’s Inc. owns and operates one other T-Rex restaurant in Kansas City, Kan. According to the company’s website, the family-oriented restaurant allows customers to be “transported to a prehistoric world filled with enormous animatronic dinosaurs and delicious entrées cooked in the Kitchen of Fire.”
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