The Boston Molasses Flood
is no urban legend The Boston Molasses Disaster,
also known as the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses
Tragedy, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of
Boston, Massachusetts. A large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave
of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph killing 21
and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and residents
claim that on hot summer days, the area still smells of molasses.