One Of The Deadliest Events In U.S. History Happened Right Here In Kansas City

Tragedy can strike anywhere. Every city has its accidents, but many of them are long forgotten by now. Of course, sometimes those accidents are deadly events. For those of us living in Kansas City in the early 80s, this is one that struck a chord with all who experienced it and left far too many people without friends or family.

The Hyatt in Kansas City has been around for longer than I can remember. Construction began in 1978, with a few hiccups. Despite a roof collapse during construction, they kept on building with seemingly no problems. Later on, construction issues with the walkways resulted in a quick change in design. They didn’t think much of it, but the beams in place were now barely able to hold the heavy walkways, much less people on them. Yet The Hyatt opened in 1980 without realizing just how flawed the difference in design was.

This tragedy drove engineers across the world to ensure something like this would never happen again. Do you remember this event in 1981? We can only hope history never repeats itself from incidents like these.

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