Today in 1919, a large tank containing as much as 2,300,000 gallons of molasses collapsed in the North End of Boston. A large wave of molasses moved at 35 miles per hour and exerted a pressure of 200 kPa. The wave momentarily tipped a railroad car off its track and demolished buildings by ripping them off their foundations.
The disaster killed 21 people and injured 150 more. Rumors of sabotage on the part of the United States Industrial Alcohol Company spread like wildfire. Furthermore, the disaster endures as urban legend- it is said that on hot days, a sweet odor is emitted by the pavement.
Is it just imagination…
or is it the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919?