The Impact. The Boston Tea Party helped to unite the colonies against Britain. Many of the Boston Tea Party participants fled Boston immediately after the destruction of the tea to avoid arrest. Only one member of the Sons of Liberty, Francis Akeley, was caught and imprisoned for his participation. He was the only person ever to be arrested for the Boston Tea Party. No one died during the Boston Tea Party. There was no violence and no confrontation between the Patriots and the British soldiers fort in Boston. None of the crew members from the Beaver, Dartmouth, or Eleanor were harmed. This was the first organized act of rebellion against British rule and the Sons of Liberty were very careful about how the Boston Tea Party was planned and executed.