An interesting story ran in 1924 about an incident involving a federal prohibition agent and five Syracuse policemen who raided a 2nd floor garage containing $25,000 worth of liquor. They poured the booze down the stairs and, meeting some unknown ignition source, it ignited. The federal agent and three of the officers were trapped and had to jump out of the window. While it appears everyone survived, [r]esidences adjoining were menaced by the flames and the occupants were forced to leave scantily clothed. This story does a wonderful job of illustrating the unintended consequences of enforcing Prohibition.


RAIDERS TRAPPED BY BLAZING RUM, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Dec 15, 1924; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991), pg. 1