Charges stayed against police officers in fireball blast that wounded paramedics

In a surprise move, the Crown stayed charges against three Ottawa police officers Thursday, finding there was no reasonable prospect of convicting them for their roles in a June 2014 training exercise blast.

Two paramedics were badly burned by a massive fireball when an explosive device used to force entry was filled with windshield washer fluid instead of water during a joint Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and RCMP exercise at a vacant house on March Road.