Pyrotechnic Accelerants

K.L. Kosanke

Conventional accelerants used in arson crimes, such as gasoline, readily burn in air producing flame temperatures of about 3000 °F. Yet these accelerants generally lack the ability to produce major involvements in short times. This is because, like most combustion reactions, they must rely on a continuing supply of air to provide the needed oxygen. Thus, even when there is a large amount of accelerant, it is of little value unless there is a corresponding large supply of fresh air.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 2, (1990-1992), pp93 -93

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