Florida was not too many years from this level of disaster when the tide turned.
Happy Earth Day!
"Through the 1960s, fires were common along Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River due to large amounts of sewage and industrial waste in the water. But on June 22, 1969, sparks from passing trains fell and ignited floating debris, starting a massive fire that spread along the river and grew in some places to be as high as five stories! The fire caught national attention and stirred an environmental revolution. Concern over river pollution heightened and incited the burgeoning awareness around environmental issues, eventually resulting in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970."
-- Quote from: Historicaerials.com