Written by Steve Hudgik
Jan. 15, 1919
The Boston Molasses Disaster
The Boston Molasses Disaster, a.k.a. the “Great Molasses Flood,” killed 21 and injured 150. In a North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, a large molasses storage tank burst at the Purity Distilling Company, sending molasses rushing through the streets at what was an estimated 35 mph. The tank contained as much as 2.5 million gallons of molasses. While the exact cause of the accident remains uncertain, it was revealed that the person responsible for oversight of the construction of the tank four years earlier had neglected basic safety tests. Residents in the local area today claim that on hot summer days, smells of molasses whiffle through the air.
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