A while ago, I listened to this episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class and I never forgot about it. It was one of the most devastating, odd events, I have ever heard of.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the Great Boston Molasses Flood, an actual flood of actual molasses which came blasting through the streets of Boston at 35mph, killing more than 20 people and injuring more than 100. https://t.co/8lMhLIlgri
— Mark Kriegsman (@MarkKriegsman) January 15, 2019
Some additional information via Smithsonian
Spill a jar of kitchen molasses. Then imagine an estimated 14,000 tons of the thick, sticky fluid running wild. It left the ruptured tank in a choking brown wave, 15 feet high, wiping out everything that stood in its way. One steel section of the tank was hurled across Commercial Street, neatly knocking out one of the uprights supporting the El. An approaching train screeched to a stop just as the track ahead sagged into the onrushing molasses.
100 yrs ago today was the great Boston molasses flood, the beginning of safety engineering. The change means now architects need to show their work, engineers need to sign and seal their plans, and building inspectors need to come out and look at projects. https://t.co/RJXhQw0Xfv
— Chris Wysopal (@WeldPond) January 15, 2019