Explosive Analysis: Introduction to Post-Blast Analysis

  • B. M. Crane CalhounEmail author
  • R. F. MothersheadII


The job of the forensic chemist in post-blast analysis is to look for the presence of explosive residues by conducting a visual examination and chemical analysis of evidence submitted. Analytical schemes are used to gather data in order to identify the explosive. Data interpretation can be challenging and report wording must be carefully considered to accurately present the analytical results.


Analysis Collection Contamination Explosives Inorganic Nitrate esters Nitramines Nitroaromatics Organic Peroxide Post-blast Quality control Residues 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives-Forensic Science LaboratoryWalnut CreekUSA
  2. 2.Federal Bureau of Investigation LaboratoryQuanticoUSA

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