molasses tidal wave

On January 15, 1919—an unusually warm winter day in Boston—patrolman Frank McManus picked up a call box on Commercial Street, contacted his precinct station and began his daily report. Moments later he heard a sound like machine guns and an awful grating. He turned to see a five-story-high metal tank split open, releasing a massive wall of dark amber fluid. Temporarily stunned, McManus turned back to the call box. “Send all available rescue vehicles and personnel immediately,” he yelled, “there’s a wave of molasses coming down Commercial Street!” –Ferris Jabr

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene about a character in the midst of a crisis.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a disaster that you witnessed or that happened to someone in your family.

Art Prompt: Molasses Tidal Wave

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Research a local disaster and inform your audience about it.

Photo Credit: Boston Public Library on Flickr

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