Boston, Massachusetts: Molasses Flood Plaque
A hideous food disaster -- a 40-foot-high tidal wave of sticky brown molasses from a collapsed storage tank -- that deserves a much more sensational monument. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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There is a plaque marking the location of the 1919 Molasses Flood that killed 21 persons and numerous horses. The sidewalk is still sticky.
The plaque reads:
"On January 15, 1919, a molasses tank at 529 Commercial Street exploded under pressure, killing 21 people. A 40-foot wave of molasses buckled the elevated railroad tracks, crushed buildings and inundated the neighborhood. Structural defect in the tank combined with unseasonably warm temperatures contributed to the disaster."