Senior forensic chemist, Naval Investigative Services Regional Forensic Laboratory, San Diego, CA
(Received 25 January 1990; accepted 4 April 1990)
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