Practical Bomb Scene Investigation

3rd Edition

James T. Thurman

CRC Press
Published July 18, 2017
Reference - 532 Pages
ISBN 9781498773089 - CAT# K29541
Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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  • Includes step-by-step procedures used in the investigation of bomb scenes
  • Provides an extensive coverage and illustration of the components used to construct improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
  • Presents the procedures to assess and investigate the bomb scene in forensic, post-blast investigations
  • Addresses weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), including dirty bombs, improvised nuclear devices, toxic chemicals, and improvised biological weapons
  • New added coverage discusses explosion dynamics, additional information on commercial and improvised explosives, and photographs showing intact and fragmented improvised explosive device (IED) component


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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