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Offline iam4liberty

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Most unusual urban emergency ever!  Shows value of general bugin/bugout philosophy rather than trying to prepare for specific events.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/01/13/oh-my-god-run-day-deadly-wave-molasses-tore-through-boston/

‘Oh my god! Run!’: The day a deadly wave of molasses tore through Boston
A century ago, a giant tank filled with 26 million pounds of syrup ruptured, unleashing a flood that killed 21 people and injured 150 more.



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Now how would you tackle a sticky mess like that...........
Wait for the rains??

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Can't get past the paywall (without paying!), but by coincidence my wife was just reading a book about this event.  Sounds ludicrous, but it was a very nasty industrial accident.

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, by Stephen Puleo, 2004.

It's good to be familiar with industrial facilities nearby/upwind/uphill from you.

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Now how would you tackle a sticky mess like that...........
Wait for the rains??

Experts are clearly needed...call in the Oompa Loompas.

Seriously, Mr. Bill, what did the book say about clean up?

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Maybe I can add some perspective...

I was once in a plant that had a molasses leak. Somewhere between 400 and 700 gallons drained into an area with a contained raised barrier. Since I have done both I can easily say I'd rather wade through 2" of concrete than 2" of molasses. It's sticky AND slippery. It was a nightmare. I can't imagine what happened in Boston. We wound up cleaning with a heated compressed water cleaner (I think made by Hotsy) and it took hours. So bad that my manager told the 3 of us on the project to expense new boots and request new uniforms.

Now I had 2" of molasses in an 80 degree plant... Boston had feet of molasses in 40 degrees. For those not in the know it gets stickier (more viscous) the colder it gets. And trust me. If you're in a foot of molasses you ain't going anywhere.

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Seriously, Mr. Bill, what did the book say about clean up?

My wife says "that was one of the great big gaping holes" in the book -- no description of the cleanup. :P

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My wife says "that was one of the great big gaping holes" in the book -- no description of the cleanup. :P



Well doggone   :facepalm: