Research chemist, National Laboratory Center, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Rockville, MD
(Received 11 April 1985; accepted 23 May 1985)
Rapid developments in the production of hydrocarbons and alcohols from nonpetroleum sources are leading to partial or total replacement of traditional petroleum products with synthetic materials. Because of the compositional similarity of these new products to those made from petroleum, they may not readily be distinguished in routine gas chromatographic analyses of arson evidence. The report or court testimony of the analyst may require modification to reflect the impact of this new technology and accelerants should not be characterized as petroleum products unless supported by additional data.
Paper ID: JFS11875J