While the idea of a molasses flood sounds remarkable, it was actually a tragedy. There was a significant amount of damage. Check out the Boston Public Library Photos HERE. In addition to the structural damage, 21 people lost their lives, including two 10 year old children.
Boston folks, I wish there were more kids books to share about this interesting part of history but this one will do. In addition, here is a clip by Stephen Puelo. He wrote a book called Dark Tide, an adult book, all about the events surrounding the Great Molasses Flood.