Death by Molasses
Can you imagine what you would do if you saw a 40 foot wave of molasses coming your way at about 35 mph? Well, that exact scenario actually happened in Boston nearly 100 years ago.
The Great Molasses Flood of Boston occured on January 15, 1919, when extreme heat caused a huge cast iron storage tank holding about 2 million gallons of molasses burst open. The explosion sent molasses pouring through the streets of the North End, killing 21 people & several horses along the way. In addition to that, approximately 150 people were injured, houses and buildings in the neighborhood were destroyed and it buckled nearby railroad tracks.
Today, there is a plaque at Puopolo Park in the North End that commemorates the disaster.