Spectrophotometric Determination of Nitrites in Gunpowder Residue on Shooters' Hands

    Volume 29, Issue 2 (April 1984)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    Steinberg, M
    Associate professor of inorganic and analytical chemistry, Hebrew University,

    Tassa, M
    Scientific officer, scientific officer, and deputy head, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Goldschmidt, P
    Scientific officer, scientific officer, and deputy head, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Leist, Y
    Scientific officer, scientific officer, and deputy head, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    (Received 28 June 1983; accepted 25 August 1983)

    Abstract

    Several methods are described for the qualitative and quantiative spectrophotometric determination of nitrites originated from the gunpowder residues formed in firearms discharge. Detectable amounts of nitrites on shooters' hands were found after firing, whereas on nonshooters' hands the amounts were below the limit of detection. Procedures for providing representative samples are also described. Classic and modified Griess reagents were compared for the detection of nitrites. The latter is shown to be more effective and more convenient for identifying individuals which were involved in a firearm discharge.


    Paper ID: JFS11694J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11694J

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    Title Spectrophotometric Determination of Nitrites in Gunpowder Residue on Shooters' Hands
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