The Boston Molasses Flood

Unseasonably warm temperatures caused a 50 ft. tall and 90 ft. diameter tank of molasses being processed at the Purity Distilling Company in Boston, Massachusetts, to rupture, spilling 2,300,000 gallons of raw molasses into the city streets. The resulting 25 ft. tall wave was estimated to have been travelling upwards of 35 mph. It killed 21 people and injured 150 more in what has come to be known as “The Boston Molasses Flood”.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.