January 15, 1919 was an ordinary day in Boston. The only thing unusual was that it was slightly warm for the season. Yet, this unseasonal weather would cause a sticky situation.
In early afternoon, two and a half million gallons of crude molasses, that was in the process of being turned into rum at the United States Industrial Alcohol Company, burst free from its tank and flooded the streets of Boston! It was reported that the rampaging molasses was moving at such force that it derailed a train, upturned several cars, buried several buildings, and even took some buildings off their foundations.
Clean-up took weeks. In the end, 150 people were injured and 21 were killed by the flood.