|Glenn Corbett, PE, is the former assistant chief of the Waldwick (NJ) Fire Department, an assistant professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and a technical editor for Fire Engineering. He recently served on the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Construction Safety Team and is a member of the Fire Code Advisory Council for New Jersey. He is the coauthor of the late Francis L. Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 4th Edition, and an FDIC Executive Advisory Board member.|
Q. What disaster killed 21 people in Boston's North End on January 15, 1919? Scroll down for the answer!
A. The "Great Molasses Flood." A 2,300,000 gallon tank of molasses ruptured, sending a tidal wave 15 feet high moving at 35 mph through the North End's narrow, curvy streets.