Cops probe tossing of ashes at Blue Jays game

Flanked by his late step-brother Joseph Pazner's ashes and portrait, Rob Ouellette talks about...

Flanked by his late step-brother Joseph Pazner's ashes and portrait, Rob Ouellette talks about spreading a some of his late stepbrother's ashes at the Rogers Centre last Friday night. (MIKE HENSEN/QMI Agency)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto Police are investigating an incident in which a Windsor man threw his stepbrother’s ashes on the Rogers Centre’s field during a Blue Jays game.

Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu told the Toronto Sun Monday that detectives from 52 Division obtained a sample of the substance thrown on the field Friday during the game against the Detroit Tigers. They’ve sent it for testing, she said.

“If it’s injurious to anyone else and their safety, they will proceed in investigating and apply whatever charges can be (laid) in such a unique scenario,” she said. “If it’s safe and no one was hurt, then it’s fine. They won’t proceed with charges.”

Rob Ouellette, 32, said he threw the ashes of his stepbrother, Joseph Pazner, on the field as a tribute to the life-long Jays fan.

But the incident nearly landed Ouellette in jail. Ouellette said he was pulled from his seat by stadium officials and police and questioned. Once it was determined he’d thrown the ashes on the field, he was allowed to return to his seat.

A Toronto Fire Services hazmat team was called to the game to clean up the ashes.

On Sunday night, Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse said the matter was still in the hands of police.

Sidhu didn’t have an estimate on the cost to call out the hazmat team and or for the testing but said it would be “expensive.”

When contacted Monday, Ouellette said police had not reached out to him since the game. He told officers and stadium officials Friday that it was ashes he threw on the astro turf, but understands they have to do their follow-up work.


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