November 14, 2003
Actors portraying victims of a nuclear explosion near Lawrence are
spread out across the floor of Allen Fieldhouse.
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Cast and crew of the TV movie remember how Lawrence coped with nuclear devastation
On Nov. 20, 1983, Lawrence endured fallout from the blasts of nuclear missiles that struck neighboring Kansas City. The area was scorched by firestorms, citizens were vaporized, and those lucky enough to survive suffered the slower effects of radiation poisoning. At least that is what was portrayed in an ABC television movie that became one of the most watched and most controversial events of the decade.