Published Online: 1 April 1977
Page Count: 10
Member of the technical staff, Chemistry and Physics Laboratory, The Ivan A. Getting Laboratories, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.
(Received 12 July 1976; accepted 25 August 1976)
Because gasoline is the most common accelerant used in arson , the forensic scientist would like to be able to determine whether or not fire residues contain traces of gasoline. This is a difficult analytical problem since (1) gasoline is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons and special purpose additives and its composition varies unpredictably by brand and refinery runs, and (2) the changes in gasoline composition during the vagaries of a fire are not easy to predict.
Paper ID: JFS10596J