Disasters · Massachusetts · Newspaper clippings

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Front page of The Boston Post
Published Thursday, January 16, 1919

The Great Molasses Flood claimed a total of 21 lives and injured 150 more, and several horses were killed. The molasses reportedly rushed the streets at roughly 35 mph. The cause of the explosion was later determined to be due to substandard construction of the tank, and as the molasses fermented carbon dioxide levels grew to dangerous levels, causing a fatigue crack in the tank.

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