Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Stephen Puleo

round midday on January 15, 1919, a gaggle of firefighters was once cards in Boston's North finish after they heard a major crash. It was once like roaring surf, one in all them stated later. Like a runaway two-horse crew smashing via a fence, acknowledged one other. a 3rd firefighter jumped up from his chair to seem out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the opposite males, "Run!"

A 50-foot-tall metal tank choked with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had simply collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wood houses, even the brick hearth station. The variety of useless wasn't recognized for days. it might be years ahead of a landmark court docket conflict made up our minds who was once liable for the catastrophe.

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