By Dawn Rhodes
4:49 PM EDT, April 6, 2013
A power outage today temporarily shut down the Shedd Aquarium and caused its visitors to be evacuated, officials said.
The power at the Shedd Aquarium went out about 1:30 p.m., said Shedd spokeswoman Andrea Smalec. The facility was scheduled to reopen to visitors shortly before 4 p.m., she said.
Patrons were asked to leave the building, which houses more than 32,500 animals, while power was down but there was no danger to any of the visitors, according to an employee.
The outage was spurred by an "internal equipment failure" that has since been resolved, Smalec said.
The outage caused the facility to be temporarily closed to visitors. Patrons were offered vouchers for a later visit.
"At no point were any of the guests or the animals in any danger," she said.
In a tweet, Shedd officials said: “Animal care is our top priority & we have several backup systems to ensure the comfort & safety of our animals. Thank you for your concern!”
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