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Today is the 93rd anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a huge storage tank belonging to US Industrial Alcohol Company burst, sending 8.7 million liters of molasses crashing through the North End of Boston. The flood, which reached 12 meters in height, killed 21 people and injured 150. Some claimed that anarchists blew up the tank; others said Germans or Russians were to blame. It was none of the above. The disaster happened because the tank had been poorly maintained, rarely inspected, and in this instance overfilled. Corporate greed is not a new phenomenon.
Were You in Boston in 1919? is a song I wrote about the Great Molasses Flood. You are welcome to follow this link to listen to it online and/or to download it for free: