100 years ago, Boston’s North End was hit by a deadly wave of molasses

Photo of 100 years ago, Boston’s North End was hit by a deadly wave of molasses
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Welders carefully began cutting up the molasses tank with torches in the search for bodies on Jan. 20, 1919, five days after the Great Molasses Flood in Boston’s North End. Even though firemen constantly sprayed water on the twisted wreckage, it wasn’t until the city ordered powerful streams from its fireboat that the molasses began to dissipate. The salt water of the harbor “cut” the molasses and eventually the welders could see the structure of the original tank. (Boston Globe Archive)

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