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Boston Molasses Flood


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.



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.

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