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Molasses Kill

Just saw the Wired article Ten Worst Engineering Mistakes.

What I'm pointing out here, is a particular part:

You gotta keep your molasses somewhere: how about a rickety tank 50 feet tall and 90 feet in diameter in the middle of Boston? The structure was painted brown to hide the leaks. Eventually it burst (possibly exploding from fermentation), sending waves of molasses up to 15 feet high into the city and killing 21.

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