The Day They Nuked Charleston

March 20, 1983

Reporting Visual from Special Bulletin (1983)

On the evening of March 20, 1983, the switchboards of several NBC affiliates were jammed with calls from thousands of people across the United States, who were panicked and terrified having just watched a nuclear explosion live on TV in Charleston, South Carolina.

What they had actually been viewing was an NBC made-for-TV movie called Special Bulletin. One of…

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