The Great Molasses Flood

This story is taken from the Epilogue of Bittersweet, written by Peter Macinnis

One of the most unusual effects of sugar is seen in the Great Boston Molasses Flood of
January 15, 1919.  According to some accounts, there had been a rush to import as much
molasses as possible for munitions used in WWI.  The flood was caused by a storage tank
bursting and flooding the streets with a two and a half meter wave of molasses that killed 21
people, crumpled the steel support of an elevated train, and knocked over a fire station.  The
story has often been told since, usually with a wry comment about the victims meeting a sticky
Here's a link to a great book
written about this tragedy:
Dark Tide
To read more about this
tragedy, check out Dark
Tide by Stephen Puleo.