Title

The Effect of Household Fire Accelerants on Bone

Date

6-1-2017 11:00 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Forensic Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Fire has been used in many criminal cases as a way of body disposal. The goal of this presentation is to be able to distinguish between bones that have been exposed to fire with varying types of household accelerants (diesel, hairspray, and vodka). The reason for focusing on these is that these cause flaming fires which are most destructive. In this experiment we are using the skeletal remains of a sheep split into four similar groups. Group one served as a control and was lit on fire without an accelerant. In group two the remains were covered in diesel and lit on fire. In group three the remains were covered in vodka then lit on fire. Group four was sprayed with hairspray and then lit on fire. The data that we will be collecting is color, distinctive fracturing, and leftover accelerant residue on the bones. We are expecting to see some color changes, and fracturing of the remains with group two with the gasoline as an accelerant being the most distinctive. This experiment will provide the forensic community with further knowledge on the effects of different household accelerants in association with fire.

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Jun 1st, 11:00 AM Jun 1st, 1:00 PM

The Effect of Household Fire Accelerants on Bone

WUC Pacific Room

Fire has been used in many criminal cases as a way of body disposal. The goal of this presentation is to be able to distinguish between bones that have been exposed to fire with varying types of household accelerants (diesel, hairspray, and vodka). The reason for focusing on these is that these cause flaming fires which are most destructive. In this experiment we are using the skeletal remains of a sheep split into four similar groups. Group one served as a control and was lit on fire without an accelerant. In group two the remains were covered in diesel and lit on fire. In group three the remains were covered in vodka then lit on fire. Group four was sprayed with hairspray and then lit on fire. The data that we will be collecting is color, distinctive fracturing, and leftover accelerant residue on the bones. We are expecting to see some color changes, and fracturing of the remains with group two with the gasoline as an accelerant being the most distinctive. This experiment will provide the forensic community with further knowledge on the effects of different household accelerants in association with fire.