Get ready for "the only adult book on one of the odder diasters in US history--and the greed, disregard for poor immigrants, and lack of safety standards that led to it" in Stephen Puleo's Dark Tide, a nonfiction account of a little-known local tragedy.
Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters were playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window--"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour, demolishing buildings in its path. It would take days to count the dead and years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.
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