As disasters go, whether considered “acts of God” or man-made, this one was one of the most bizarre. It happened on January 15, 1919 in Boston, a flood of epic proportions; however, it wasn’t water that flooded the area, but ooey-gooey-sticky hot molasses. The scene of the disaster was Boston’s North End at the Purity Distilling Company.
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