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Bizarre Disaster

This month, residents of Boston will commemorate the 61st anniversary of the bizarre disaster which occurred Jan. 15, 1919, following the failure of a 90 foot molasses storage tank owned by the Purity Distilling Company. The tank toppled shortly after noon that day, releasing a tidal wave of 2.3 million gallons of goo weighing 27 million pounds which swallowed and sweetened everything in its path.

Campus Life, January, 1980, p. 22

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