Today in strangeness – The Great Boston Molasses Flood happened on this day in 1919. A large tank burst and 2.3 million gallons of molasses barreled out in a 30 ft. wave leaving 21 dead and 150 injured. Witnesses stated that as it collapsed, there was a loud rumbling sound, like a machine gun as the rivets shot out of the tank, and that the ground shook as if a train were passing by. Holy nightmare.
Some residents claim that on a hot summer day the area still smells of molasses.
Considering the phrase “slow as molasses,” how could these people not outrun the seeping spill?