American Disasters - Great Massachusetts Disasters
Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers
Great American Disasters State by State
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These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have taken place in every state. There is also controversy over what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind. All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
So these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters. The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information. Good luck in your efforts.
Boston Disasters __ An extensive list of click-to-read articles about disasters in Boston and the state. - From celebrateboston.com - http://www.celebrateboston.com/disasters/disasters.htm
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Boston Molasses Disaster __ "A large molasses tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster
Clinton, MA Waterworks Aqueduct Explosion, Sept 1896 __ "Four men were killed and one was fatally injured by an explosion of dynamite in the tunnel of shaft No. 2. Metropolitan water-works aqueduct, at Clinton, Saturday afternoon." Original news stories and links to related material. - From Linda Horton/gendisasters.com - http://www3.gendisasters.com/massachusetts/1330/clinton,-ma-waterworks-aqueduct-explosion,-sept-1896
Cocoanut Grove fire __ "The Cocoanut Grove was a nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. On November 28, 1942, the fashionable nightclub burned in what remains the deadliest nightclub fire in United States history, killing 492 people and injuring hundreds more." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoanut_Grove_fire
Cocoanut Grove Nightclub fire __ "During the early days of World War II, a major fire struck the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. On the night of the fire, November 28, 1942, the club had approximately 1,000 occupants, many of whom were people preparing to go overseas on military duty." A brief look at what happened. - From ezl.com/~fireball - http://www.ezl.com/~fireball/Disaster21.htm