Great Molasses Flood 1919 - Welders Cut Into Wreckage
Welders carefully began cutting up the collapsed molasses tank with torches to 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 upon the twisted wreckage, it wasn't until the city ordered powerful streams from the city fireboat that the molasses began to disappear. The salt water of the harbor "cut" the molasses and eventually the welders could see the structure of the original tank to cut into it.
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