The Great Boston Molasses Flood Proved Fatal For Many

The Great Boston Molasses Flood Proved Fatal For Many

The Great Boston Molasses Flood occurred on January 15, 1919, when a shoddily constructed molasses tank unleashed as many as 2.3 million gallons of molasses onto Commercial Street. As the massive wave traveled, it picked up debris, people, and animals, uprooting the buildings from their foundations and nearly knocking a railroad car off its tracks. After the wave subsided, the cleanup effort took weeks, and the harbor was reputedly brown for months.

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from National Fire Protection Association

Key Facts In This Video

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    The faulty tank that caused the Great Boston Molasses Flood could hold up to 2.3 million gallons of molasses. (1:05)

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    The molasses wave of the Great Boston Molasses Flood traveled at about 55 km/h (34 mph). (1:33)

  • 3

    The Great Boston Molasses Flood killed 21 people and injured 150. (3:14)

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