Recovery of Fingerprint Evidence from Post-Blast Device Materials

Sanders, Nicole
May 2011
Journal of Forensic Identification;May/Jun2011, Vol. 61 Issue 3, p281
Academic Journal
This paper examines and discusses some factor asociated with the recovery of fingerprint evidence from post-blast device materials. The work describes some of the materials used in the construction of explosive devices, the explosive effect as it relates to the recovery of latent fingerprints , and test conducted during a post-blast investigations training course. The tests included the initiation or explosion of a variety of devices containing different explosive charges and methods of initiation. Forty-two patent and latent fingerprint were placed into the devices to determine the possibility of recovering fingerprints. The post-blast recovered items were then processed with cyanoacrylate fuming and powders, Wetwop, or leucocry tal violet. Five of the 42 control print were developed.


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