Methenamine—An Unusual Component in an Improvised Incendiary Device

    Volume 36, Issue 1 (January 1991)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 3


    Blackledge, RD
    Senior forensic chemist, Naval Investigative Services Regional Forensic Laboratory, San Diego, CA

    (Received 25 January 1990; accepted 4 April 1990)

    Abstract

    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.


    Paper ID: JFS13027J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13027J

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    Title Methenamine—An Unusual Component in an Improvised Incendiary Device
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30