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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 532 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 25.4mm | 1,334g
  • Productivity Press
  • Portland, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 18 Line drawings, black and white; 448 Halftones, color
  • 1498773087
  • 9781498773089
  • 1,760,803

Table of contents

Dedication





Acknowledgements





About the Author





Forward





Introduction


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


Glossary


Index
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Review quote

"Tom Thurman's Practical Bomb Scene Investigation provides basic and practical knowledge, enhanced by case studies, his extensive personal experiences and lessons learned. The third edition is the most updated, detailed and relevant guide for post blast investigations." - Chief Superintendent (ret.) Michael Cardash, Former Deputy Head of Israel National Police Bomb Disposal Division


"Practical Bomb Scene Investigation has become a standard in the field for a reason. James T. Thurman writes from the unique perspective of a practitioner who has worked some of the highest profile bombing cases in US history. He brings a unique voice which blends technical explanations applied through a pragmatic perspective. This text is a valuable reference for academics and responders alike." - Dr. Kirk Yeager


"Professor Thurman's book is an essential guide for explosion investigators. It is comprehensive, detailed and a fabulous reference guide. No explosion scene investigator should be without it." - Richard Hahn, FBI Retired, Crime Scene Manager at Oklahoma City Bombing


"Practical Bomb Scene Investigation, Second Edition is currently required reading for the IABTI Certified International Post Blast Investigators (CIPBI) Certification Program. This third edition will be a welcome addition. I am impressed with the attention to detail and increased references and this text is a must for bomb technicians and investigators. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge in the explosive field and post blast investigations." - Jake Bohi CIPBI, Phoenix Police Department Bomb Squad (Retired), International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators Assistant International Director, Professional Certification Program Chairman
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About James T. Thurman

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.
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