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‘A black tidal wave, 25 feet high’

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  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    ‘A black tidal wave, 25 feet high’
    The day a deadly surge of molasses flattened Boston
    By Robert S. Davis The Washington Post

    It was promising to be an uncharacteristically warm winter day in Boston. The temperature on Jan. 15, 1919, had soared to 40 degrees from 2 degrees earlier in the week, prompting many downtown workers to head outdoors.

    Shortly after noon in the city’s bustling North End, as Model T Fords chugged by and elevated trains screeched above Commercial Street, a group of firefighters sat down for a game of cards in a firehouse near a massive tank that stored molasses used in the production of industrial alcohol.

    As the firefighters puzzled over their hands, they heard a strange staccato sound. The rivets on the 50-foot-high storage tank began to shoot off and a dull roar followed. At the noise, firefighter Paddy Driscoll whipped around.
    “Oh my God!” he exclaimed as he saw the dark torrent spilling out. “Run!”
    The Great Molasses Flood was underway. The syrup swamped one of Boston’s busiest neighborhoods, killing 21 and injuring 150.

    ‘A black tidal wave, 25 feet high’
     
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    LakeGator Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    Thanks for this interesting piece of history. It shows how poorly industry was controlled 100 years ago. The video below has a slightly different slant on aspects of the incident along with a number of other photos of the area before and after the disaster.
     
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  3. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    thanks :) we going see you at the MAC or KSP this season?