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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919


Almost 100 years ago, the Molasses Disaster of Boston took the lives of 21 people, injured more than 150 and destroyed buildings. 2.3 million gallons of molasses exploded from the steel tank, creating a wave 25 feet high, moving at 35 mph.  It was revealed in a study in 2015 that the tank's steel was structurally flawed. It was actually the same steel used to make the Titanic. The result being a flood of sticky molasses,  that many claim they can still smell on a hot day in the North End of Boston, nearly a century later.

Not many people know that Boston’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919 is what sparked Massachusetts to regulate Above ground Storage Tanks storing anything other than water. You don’t see too many molasses storage tanks any more, but there are many uses for an above ground storage tank. Petroleum Management Services specializes in tanks that store oil/gasoline to provide fuel for heat, manufacturing, machinery, vehicles and backup generators. Petroleum Management Services offers efficient and professional above ground oil tank installation.

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