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Netflix says Lac-Megantic footage will be removed from 'Bird Box' movie

Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Que., on July 6, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

At first, Netflix refused to remove the footage and even apologized for using it

MPs condemned the video stream service of using the footage

47 people died when rail tankers, carrying crude oil, exploded in Lac-Megantic in July, 2013

OTTAWA — After initially refusing, Netflix has agreed to remove images of the 2013 Lac-Megantic disaster from its blockbuster film, “Bird Box.”

WATCH: Netflix apologizes after using Lac-Megantic footage

A spokesman says in an email to The Canadian Press that the streaming company is sorry for any pain it caused to the residents of Lac-Megantic, Que.



People in the town and across the province were shocked after learning in January that footage from the derailment and explosion that killed 47 people was used in the drama starring Sandra Bullock.

Demands that the brief scene be removed came from politicians at all levels, including Lac-Megantic Mayor Julie Morin.

WATCH: Outrage over use of Lac-Megantic footage

Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy wrote to the company in January calling for it to remove the footage of the burning town.

The company apologized and promised to do better, but until now it had refused to edit the film to remove the images.