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Playground Panic!

Stephen King 'Shooting'

Terrifies Students

4/13/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0412_under_the_dome_article1Stephen King's knack for terror crossed the line this week into reality ... when his TV adaptation of a fictitious gunfight sent terrified young students scrambling for cover.

CBS is calling lights, camera, action on "Under the Dome" -- a sci-fi horror show based on King's novel about a town that gets trapped under an invisible force field.

The script called for a gunfight with all the sights and sounds. Problem is, the midday Tuesday shoot was filmed in a park just a few hundred yards from the Pine Valley Elementary School in Wilmington, N.C. ... and it sent everyone there into a blind panic.

Students on the playground after lunch got the worst of it ... and hotfooted it inside the building. It seemed so real ... a deputy on duty at the school put students in lockdown for 20 minutes until the source of the "gunfire" became apparent.

Although producers had obtained the proper permits to shoot the scene, we've learned cops and school officials were not warned about the midday Tuesday barrage.

And how ridiculous to film a shooting scene next to an elementary school?

Stephen King ... still scaring the kids.

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IwuvTMZ    

Creepy.

468 days ago
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mrharrybawls2012    

Stephen King is kind of like the McDonald's of writers. Over a billion books written at this point.

468 days ago
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LDB    

I bet they're not scared of gun shot noises with all the violent video games they play at home...

468 days ago
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flaco9    

..There will always be violence in this world...it's just covered more...the world must go on...there's a reason for everything .....good or bad...

468 days ago
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mr.howell     

This series looks dumb,a dome? really!..the premise of this and most of his later novels are lame.. his old classic books/ films were great..Carrie,The Shining, Misery,The Mist..ect .and yes,it's dumb to film around a school!.

468 days ago
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Dan Frederiksen    

Gonna suck as much as hunger games

468 days ago
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antigirlygirl    

He's my favorite author, but um.. why did they choose Under the Dome? Should've picked something else.

468 days ago
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jojotato68    

Love stephen King...someone didnt make a phone call to inform people...they need an ass kickin!!!

468 days ago
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boo    

This looks really good. Love me some Stephen King. The man has a really twisted mind and that works for me.

468 days ago
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Cricket    

I love Stephen King. One of the best contemporary writers. You do realize that it's his story, and he works as a creative consult, but the director is responsible for when and where filming takes place. They had a permit, followed rules. I do feel badly children were frightened, but way to make a mountain of a molehill.

468 days ago
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timmons    

Idiots.

468 days ago
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verlinda    

I love Stephen King, always have since the late 70's. But how can TMZ blame him for stupid Directors. Very misleading TMZ, he's just the storyteller

468 days ago
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lowens1975    

Somebody's parents is going to sue King for millions because Little Timmy or Little Susie **** their pants. Nightmares, a therapist for the rest of their lives, etc.

468 days ago
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spliffsmommy    

he needs to cram some zombies under that dome..otherwise its just another dumb unbelievable mediocre story.

468 days ago
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Spicy mag    

No common sense on that set.

468 days ago
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