Monday, November 21, 2005

The Great Molasses Flood

I was up unreasonably late Saturday night watching "Iron Chef" on the Food Network. During one of the commercial breaks, the channel featured a short clip about Boston's Great Molasses Flood in 1919. A 2.3 million-gallon tank of molasses burst in the city's North End, covering Boston in the syrup-y goo. It destroyed homes and warehouses, killed 21 people, and injured 150. The city was cleaning up the mess for up to 6 months after the disaster, and Boston Harbor was stained brown for the same amount of time.

To read CNN's January 2004 article, click here.

Thing I'm thankful for: Higher construction standards as a result of the molasses flood!


Anonymous Lexia said...

Too bad it wasn't chocolate.

12:39 AM  

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