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Food Disasters Around The World: Boston Molasses Mishap

DEADLIEST EVER FOOD DISASTERS The Boston Molasses Disaster 2:50pm, 15th Jan 1919 Purity Distilling Co, North End District, Boston MA, USA 8.7 MILLION LITRES! A Hot, Sticky Mess One unseasonably warm Boston morning, a huge vat of dormant molasses started to ferment rapidly and expand. The poorly constructed vats had been overloaded in an attempt to outpace incoming prohibition laws. The strain tore them apart, sending a destructive 40 foot wave of molasses speeding across the harbour. As the molasses slowed, it thickened, trapping and killing several people and causing untold damage to nearby buildings. 21 DEATHS 150 INJURED 35MPH TIDAL WAVE! £8 MILLION IN DAMAGE Sources,, Boston Public Library Archives (, appliances

Food Disasters Around The World: Boston Molasses Mishap

shared by RFox91 on Feb 13
The latest content project from Ship It Appliances looks at food-based disasters from the annals of history. This infographic card looks at the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919. An unseasonably warm d...


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