Journal Published Online: 01 September 2000
Volume 45, Issue 5

The Petroleum-Laced Background



Using passive headspace concentration (ASTM E-1412) and gas chromatographic/mass spectrometric (GC/MS) analysis as described in ASTM E-1618, the authors have studied the volatile components detectable in several kinds of otherwise uncontaminated substrata, including clothing, shoes, household products, building materials, paper products, cardboard, and adhesives. Due to the use of petroleum-derived liquids in the manufacture of these materials, it is frequently possible to detect the liquids, even when the products are several years old. These results point out the need for the use of comparison samples whenever possible.

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Lentini, JJ
Fire Laboratory, Applied Technical Services, Inc., Marietta, GA
Dolan, JA
Virginia Division of Forensic Science, Fairfax, VA
Cherry, C
Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratory, Northville, MI
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14819J