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January 15, 2008
The Great Boston Molasses Disaster

Today is the 89th anniversary of what might be the strangest food-related disaster in U.S. history.

It was a mild winter afternoon when the 2.5 million gallon molasses tank at the Purity Distilling Factory burst. A wave of sticky brown molasses rolled down Commercial Street, covering the North End of Boston in a sweet, thick muck.

In the end, 150 people were injured, and 21 people and many horses were killed by the goop. Boston's North End retained the molasses smell for years afterwards.

I should mention that I will spend the day working in an office in South Baltimore, sandwiched between the Domino Sugar factory and a farm of - yes, it's true - giant molasses storage tanks.

Just in case, I usually park uphill from the tanks.

Wikipedia article here.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at January 15, 2008 8:50 AM
Comments

that's nuts! wow. thanks for sharing this...

Posted by paul on January 15, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Are you saying you can't outrun molasses in winter? ; )

Actually,though, according to the Straight Dope they calculate it was going 35 mph, which in those days was pretty darn fast!

Straightdope story

Posted by Meg in Paris on January 16, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Dear Mindy: There's a book out on the Boston Molasses Tragedy. There's a book out on it. I myself have made homemade beans twice using the "Betty Crocker" Recipe. But unless, you have a lot of people to serve, you better cut the recipe down to half.

Posted by Mindy on September 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Dear Mindy: There's a book out on the Boston Molasses Tragedy. There's a book out on it. I myself have made homemade beans twice using the "Betty Crocker" Recipe. But unless, you have a lot of people to serve, you better cut the recipe down to half.

Posted by Mindy on September 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM