3rd Edition

Practical Bomb Scene Investigation

By James T. Thurman Copyright 2017
    556 Pages
    by CRC Press

    556 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Now in its Third Edition, Practical Bomb Scene Investigation explores the investigative process that improvised explosive device (IED) specialists undertake at the scene of an explosion. Providing easy-to-understand, step-by-step procedures for managing and processing a bomb scene, it enables investigators to find the evidence and then make sense of what is found. The book is not only a roadmap on how to find and collect evidence and assess the scene, but also provides instruction on identifying the bombmaker's signature through latent print, DNA, explosive residue, metallurgical, and toolmark examination and forensic analysis.



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    Chapter One: Explosion Theory and Dynamics

    Chapter Two: Identification and Recognition of Commercial, Improvised, and Military Explosives

    Chapter Three: Improvised Explosive Device Components: Pre- and Post-Blast Identification

    Chapter Four: Investigation of the Explosion Scene and Collection of Evidence

    Chapter Five: Bomb Scene Investigator and Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Chapter Six: Introduction to the Identification of Military Ordnance

    Chapter Seven: Capabilities of the Forensic Laboratory: Reading the Bomber’s Signature

    Chapter Eight: Tactical Post-Blast Investigation

    Appendix A: Chart of Explosive Products

    Appendix B: United States and Foreign Names of Explosives, Part I and Part II

    Appendix C: Access Control Log

    Appendix D: Guidelines for the Prevention of Contamination of Explosives Evidence

    Appendix E: Personnel Resources for the Bomb Scene Investigation

    Appendix F: Supplies and Equipment for the Bomb Scene Investigation

    Appendix G: Administrative Worksheet

    Appendix H: Narrative Description

    Appendix I: Evidence Recovery Log

    Appendix J: Latent Print Lift Log

    Appendix K: Photographic Log

    Appendix L: Diagram Log

    Appendix M: Explosive Residue Swabbing Instructions

    Appendix N: Standard Military Ordnance Color Coding System

    Appendix O: Bomb Threat Stand-Off Distances

    Appendix P: Table of Bioterrorism Agent Properties

    Appendix Q: Table of Chemical Agent Properties




    James T. Thurman has worked in the explosives field for more than 30 years, first as a U.S. Army bomb disposal technician and then as a special agent with the FBI. He continues to lecture and provide training on the methods of bomb scene investigation and explosives avoidance to domestic and international training schools and audiences. He is currently a professor at the Eastern Kentucky University, teaching a unique academic program on fire, arson, and explosion investigation. He holds a BA from Eastern Kentucky University and an MS Degree in Forensic Science from the George Washington University.