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The Great Molasses Flood took place in Boston on January 15, 1919. At the time, Molasses was used in most baking to provide sweetness, and there were huge vats and tanks of it around Boston.
The tank that burst was 50' tall and held 2.5 million gallons. The wall of molasses was 20' high or more, and moved at 30 miles an hour while it was flowing. 21 people were killed.