Lac-Mégantic Mayor exposes 'Bird Box' for using Quebec Rail Disaster footage


Almost half of downtown Lac-Mégantic was destroyed and over 40 were announced or are presumed dead.

Despite many people speaking out about the footage, including the mayor of Lac-Mégantic, the town where the event occurred, Netflix has made a decision to not do anything about it.

"They've committed to reflecting with their partners on the use of these images so that the situation does not repeat itself".

Netflix is refusing to remove from its hit movie "Bird Box" footage of the rail explosion that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, despite an appeal from the town's mayor.

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At least two dramas now on Netflix's Canadian platform, including "Bird Box", briefly use actual footage of the 2013 derailment.

Netflix licensed the footage of the disaster from the stock image vendor Pond 5 and used it in "Bird Box" in an early TV news montage to set up its horrific premise. It is the fourth-deadliest rail accident in Canadian history.

"It's hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news", said Morin.

A high school ethics teacher was the one to discover that the sci-fi series Travelers made use of the Lac-Megantic disaster footage.

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Pond5 sold footage of the burning town to "Bird Box" and another Netflix production, "Travelers".

According to the CBC, Netflix has reached out to the mayor of the town to sit down today and discuss the use of the footage in at least two confirmed Netflix originals.

Viewers were shocked when they recognised footage of the disaster in the Netflix's film, which launched in December.

"We sincerely apologize and had no intention to dishonor the tragic events of 2013", president Carrie Mudd said, adding that the footage came from a stock company and they were unaware of its significance. "We are already working to replace the footage in the show".

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It said it will contact customers who have purchased any related clips to make them aware "of the sensitive nature of this footage".