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

The movie used footage of the disaster that claimed 47 lives in 2013

The mayor of Lac-Mégantic, a Quebec town that suffered from a tragic train derailment and explosion that killed almost 50 people six years ago, called out Netflix for using footage of the horrific disaster in their record-breaking hit film, Bird Box.

In 2013, a train carrying 74 cars of crude oil derailed, causing many of the runaway rail cars to explode and catch fire. After the disaster was over, 47 people had been killed, and 30 buildings, which is nearly half of the town’s downtown core, were destroyed. It’s still known as one of the worst rail disasters in the history of Canada.

A lot of harsh, wild footage of the fire has surfaced over the years from onlookers and professionals, some of which became available for purchase by entertainment companies. According to The Globe And Mail, the footage has turned up both in Netflix’s Bird Box and their sci-fi show, Travelers.

“I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that…they are going to remove them,” Julie Morin, Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, told The Globe And Mail. “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”

In both instances of the clip, the footage is being presented as news footage of a disaster. Allegedly, it’s pretty common for stock video companies to sell disaster footage to production companies.