A visitor to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, got tripped up by his own shoelace, tumbled down the stairs and fell into three rare Chinese vases. The valuable antique vases were smashed into "very small pieces," officials said.
"It was a most unfortunate and regrettable accident, but we are glad that the visitor involved was able to leave the museum unharmed," said the museum director, Duncan Robinson.
"They are in very, very small pieces, but we are determined to put them back together," said Margaret Greeves, the museum's assistant director. The three Qing dynasty vases dated from the late 17th or early 18th century.