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Forensic Investigation of Explosions


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The History, Development, and Characteristics of Explosives and Propellants; Robert B. Hopler

Physics of Explosion Hazards; Bibhu Mohanty

Detection of Hidden Explosives; Susan Hallowell, Richard Lareau, Ronald Krauss, Curtis Bell, Joshua Rubinstein, Polly Gongwer, Pamela Beresford, and James C. Weatherall

General Protocols at the Scene of an Explosion; Jean-Yves Vermette

Recovery of Material from the Scene of an Explosion and its Subsequent Forensic Laboratory Examination-a Team Approach; Richard A. Strobel

The Management of Casework within the United Kingdom Forensic Explosives Laboratory; Sharon Broome and Clifford Todd

Aircraft Explosive Sabotage Investigation; John H. Garstang

Evidence of Explosive Damage to Materials and Structures in Air Crash Investigations; Maurice Baker, John Winn, Steve Harris, and Nigel Harrison

Investigation of Gas Phase Explosions in Buildings; Christopher D. Foster

Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices; Donald J. Sachtleben

Investigation of Pipe Bombs; Edward C. Bender and Alexander D. Beveridge

Improvised Explosives Characteristics, Detection, and Analysis; Kirk Yeager

Quality and the Trace Detection and Identification of Organic High Explosives; Sean Doyle

Chromatography of Explosives; Bruce McCord, Inge Corbin, and Edward Bender

Analysis of Explosives by Mass Spectrometry; Tsippy Tamiri and Shmuel Zitrin

Analysis of Explosives by Infrared Spectrometry; Shmuel Zitrin and Tsippy Tamiri

Portable Explosive Detection Instruments; Sarah Benson, Naomi Speers, and Vincent Otieno-Alego

The Significance of Analytical Results in Explosives Investigation; Gerard T. Murray

Forensic Pathology of Explosive Injury; Indira Kitulwatte and Michael S. Pollanen

Presentation of Explosive Casework Evidence; James W. Jardine


About the Author

Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Beveridge is a consultant forensic chemist and lawyer in Vancouver, Canada. He is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and had a 30-year career in the Forensic Science Service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he headed the chemistry section in the Vancouver laboratory for many years. Sandy conducts courses and workshops on forensic investigation of explosions from practical, scientific, and legal perspectives for investigators and at academic institutions.


"If there is a book for explosives investigations that I can recommend to anyone training in the field of explosives, then it is without a doubt Forensic Investigation of Explosions. The book not only accompanies the beginner through the history of explosives and explosives investigations, but serves as a great tool for seasoned investigators, scientists, and bomb technicians as the world of explosives investigations evolves."
-Melanie Brochu, B.Sc. RCMP Forensic Specialist (Explosives), Ottawa, Ontario

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