CHICAGO (AP) — Searing heat may have knocked out the electricity at a
popular Chicago aquarium temporarily, forcing it to close for the day.
Shedd Aquarium spokeswoman Andrea Smalec says the power went out early
Thursday afternoon as temperatures in the city soared above 100 degrees.
Shedd officials say it'll take time to determine if sweltering heat outside
or something else caused the problem.
Officials say emergency generators immediately kicked in and the outage
never threatened any of the animals
As a precaution, several hundred visitors were asked to leave and the
aquarium closed for the day. It will reopen Friday.
Another spokesman, Roger Germann, says the outage occurred in parts of the
building featuring thousands of fish and other aquatic animals, including
turtles, lobsters and a more than 80-year-old Australian lungfish.