During a recent trip to Boston, I went on a tour where I learned about this disaster. A combination of a rapidly rising temperature, a poorly tested storage tank and almost 2.5 million US gallons (8,706,447 litres) gave way to a disaster story that sounds almost implausible...When the molasses (black treacle) tank exploded a viscous wave ran through the streets with enough force to damage the nearby railway bridges. Rescue efforts and clean up were hampered by the sticky syrup. Some of the unfortunates were so glazed over with the molasses, they were difficult to identify.
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