Transvaal water Park was the first water amusement complex built
in Moscow. It enjoyed great publicity among Muscovites and people from other
cities, particularly in icing winter weather. There was a nightclub in the
complex, in addition to the actual water park. The amusement center was bringing
joy and enjoyment to all visitors until February 14, 2004, when the roof of the
huge complex tumbled down on its visitors’ heads at At 19:15:43 first crack
appeared in the roof. In a few seconds heavy pieces of concrete and sharp glass
were falling on people. The only evidence, which was
exposed to the public eye, was a tape made by a surveillance camera inside the
complex. The video footage showed the moment, when one of the columns cracked,
subsequently leading to the destruction of other concrete supports of the roof.
It took mere seconds for the roof to collapse.

People escaped as they could – in bathing suits, with their
naked feet on broken glass. In the dark outside, filled with dense water steam,
they got out on February snow. Their clothes, footwear, keys from cars,
documents – everything remained under falling fragments. One man broke his cars
window, pulled out wires and managed to turn on heating to warm several women
and children. He himself remained outside. Some people rushed back trying to
find friends and to help those who called for assistance.

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The roof of “Transvaal” has fallen upon the area of
about five thousand square meters. All night long rescuers pulled out wounded
people. They were brought to hospitals by about 100 ambulance vehicles a total
of 28 people were killed, including eight children, and more than 100 were injured.
Next morning the country was shocked with the first reports with names of lost
children.

A 20-month investigation into the case established that Nodar
Kancheli, the chief designer in the Transvaal project, and Anatoly Voronin, the
head of the Moscow project expert authority, were responsible for the tragedy
at the futuristic glass and concrete center.

“The investigation materials prompt the objective
conclusion that the partial collapse of the Transvaal Park’s roof was caused by
a series of design mistakes and grave architectural miscalculations in the
building that failed to meet reliability and safety standards,” the
prosecutors said in their conclusion.Transvaal water Park was the first water amusement complex built
in Moscow. It enjoyed great publicity among Muscovites and people from other
cities, particularly in icing winter weather. There was a nightclub in the
complex, in addition to the actual water park. The amusement center was bringing
joy and enjoyment to all visitors until February 14, 2004, when the roof of the
huge complex tumbled down on its visitors’ heads at At 19:15:43 first crack
appeared in the roof. In a few seconds heavy pieces of concrete and sharp glass
were falling on people. The only evidence, which was
exposed to the public eye, was a tape made by a surveillance camera inside the
complex. The video footage showed the moment, when one of the columns cracked,
subsequently leading to the destruction of other concrete supports of the roof.
It took mere seconds for the roof to collapse.

People escaped as they could – in bathing suits, with their
naked feet on broken glass. In the dark outside, filled with dense water steam,
they got out on February snow. Their clothes, footwear, keys from cars,
documents – everything remained under falling fragments. One man broke his cars
window, pulled out wires and managed to turn on heating to warm several women
and children. He himself remained outside. Some people rushed back trying to
find friends and to help those who called for assistance.

The roof of “Transvaal” has fallen upon the area of
about five thousand square meters. All night long rescuers pulled out wounded
people. They were brought to hospitals by about 100 ambulance vehicles a total
of 28 people were killed, including eight children, and more than 100 were injured.
Next morning the country was shocked with the first reports with names of lost
children.

A 20-month investigation into the case established that Nodar
Kancheli, the chief designer in the Transvaal project, and Anatoly Voronin, the
head of the Moscow project expert authority, were responsible for the tragedy
at the futuristic glass and concrete center.

“The investigation materials prompt the objective
conclusion that the partial collapse of the Transvaal Park’s roof was caused by
a series of design mistakes and grave architectural miscalculations in the
building that failed to meet reliability and safety standards,” the
prosecutors said in their conclusion.