Arson, Fire And Explosives

1717 WordsOct 12, 20157 Pages
Arson, Fire and Explosives in the Criminalist Discipline Among the various types of forensic/criminalist disciplines, this research intends to convey knowledge on one of the many varied specialties of forensic analysis known as arson, fire and explosives. The forensic investigation of arson, fire and explosives is a very collaborated approach. “Arson investigators have two immediate objectives: (1) to determine exactly where, at the scene, the fire began and (2) what caused the fire to ignite. Explosives investigators need to know the same fundamental information as they probe the destruction of buildings, airplanes, and cars” (Harmon, 2008:6). First, each forensic application must be defined to gain a greater understanding of the discipline as a whole. “Arson is the willful and malicious burning of any property for an improper or illegal purpose. By definition, it’s intentional” (J. Ford, 2014:7). In order to produce a fire three ingredients must be present at the same times, which are oxygen, fuel and heat. According to the Haynes (2015:1) “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,298,000 fires in 2014. Also, “during 2007-2011, an estimated 282,600 intentional fires were reported to U.S. fire departments each year, with associated annual losses of 420 civilian deaths, 1,360 civilian injuries, and $1.3 billion in direct property damage”. In the addition to arson and fire, explosives, have recently became one of the most tragic and alarming events.
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