Volume 36, Issue 1 (January 1991)
Methenamine—An Unusual Component in an Improvised Incendiary Device
An improvised incendiary device intended to be concealed in a cigarette pack was recovered before its assembly was completed. The chemical components identified were concentrated sulfuric acid, sucrose, potassium chlorate, and methenamine. Methenamine will support combustion and was probably included as a fuel to keep the fire burning longer.