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On this date in history… January 15, 1919…

The Boston Molasses Disaster

The Boston Molasses Disaster occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.  A large molasses storage tank, holding an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses, burst and a wave of molasses (as high as 40 feet at one point) rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph, killing 21 and injuring another 150.

Aftermath of the disaster - photo by Globe Newspaper Co.

Elevated railway collapsed by section of molasses tank - 1919

Searching through rubble in aftermath of Boston Molasses Disaster 1919

The wave of molasses, estimated at 40 feet in height at one point, would easily have covered the second story windows of buildings in the immediate vicinity.

Boston - North End - 1900s

Coverage from The Boston Post

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