The Boston Molasses Flood

In 1919, Boston suffered a bizarre catastrophe. The hastily constructed vat of molasses broke, dumping 2.3 million gallons of molasses onto the city. That’s roughly 3.5 olympic sized swimming pools, each 50 meters (164ft) long and 25 meters (82ft) wide.

As a result, 21 people died and 150 were injured. The damage to the city totalled over $100 million and the resulting lawsuit spanned over four years. Many claim that on a hot day you can still smell the sticky-sweet scent of molasses wafting out of the crevices of the city.

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