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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Jan. 15, 1919: Word of the disaster quickly brought every available rescue agency to the scene. Police, firemen, Red Cross workers, civilian volunteers, and cadets from the USS Nantucket training ship berthed nearby were soon on the site. They pulled out many terrified people but others they were unable to reach.
Jan. 15, 1919: Word of the disaster quickly brought every available rescue agency to the scene. Police, firemen, Red Cross workers, civilian volunteers, and cadets from the USS Nantucket training ship berthed nearby were soon on the site. They pulled out many terrified people but others they were unable to reach. (Boston Globe Archive)

The infamous molasses flood in Boston was a tragedy like no other. On January 15, 1919, a giant tank in the North End collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston. The devastation the sticky liquid left was shocking. Twenty-one people were killed and 150 injured in its path of destruction. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite