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148 The Molassacre Arika Elizenberry Boom! Rivets from the 50-foot distillery tank busted from the flimsy metal sheets exploding with molasses onto Boston's North End. The two million gallon wave thrashed people into billiards, freight cars, and stables. Children who had once collected the seeping sucrose off the tank for suckers were trapped under its girth and met their gooey graves. Teamsters and librarians on their noonday lunches sitting in the balmy climate were strangled by its syrupy brown glaze and swept under it like trash to a dustpan. The trotting of horses through the city hauling goods came to astop– their hooves stuck to the street as bugs to flypaper. Houses and stores didn't go unscathed either - being wrenched from their roots and ensnaring electrical poles, trucks, and the firehouse in its glutinous wake. Twenty-one died and another 150 injured, but to this day the air still lingers of the sweet smelling molasses. ...

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ISBN
9780797496989
Related ISBN
9780797486164
MARC Record
OCLC
1056749179
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-14
Language
English
Open Access
No
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