(Received 3 August 1978; accepted 25 November 1978)
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Forensic science laboratories are sometimes confronted with the question of whether or not a flammable solvent has been used to initiate a fire. One of the most efficient accelerants is gasoline. Some gasoline for use in motor vehicles contains lead and bromine (tetraethyl lead, tetramethyl lead, and ethylene dibromide) as additives amounting to about 0.4 g/litre. The lead alkyls are added to improve the resistance against knocking, whereas ethylene dibromide is used to expel the lead from the cylinder walls.
Project leader, Linköping University, Linköping,
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