Published:30 Jun 2016
S. Broome, C. Todd, L. Jones, and M. Marshall, in Crime Scene to Court: The Essentials of Forensic Science, ed. P. C. White, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 4th edn, 2016, pp. 293-325.
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Mankind has been fascinated with explosives ever since the invention of gunpowder by the Chinese, with the first recorded use for military purposes being in the 13th Century. This chapter provides a background to the different types of explosive, defines the explosion process and offers an insight into the methods and processes used in the forensic investigation of explosives-related incidents as undertaken by the UK's Forensic Explosives Laboratory.