Explosives examination


The indicative list of tasks

  • determining the fact of an explosive device explosion at the scene;
  • determining the type of explosion;
  • determining the object belonging to explosive devices (ammunition) and determining the classification category of the device;
  • determination of the explosive power of the explosive device;
  • description of the design of the device and the method of its manufacture;
  • establishing the ability of the device to cause an explosion and the possibility of the device’s explosion in specific conditions (shock, heating, etc.);
  • establishing the existence in the circumstances of the case of data relating to the person who manufactured the improvised explosive device and set it in motion.

The indicative list of issues to be resolved

  1. Does the explosive devices (ammunition) belong to the item seized (indicate – from whom or where)?
  2. Is the provided item suitable for use for its intended purpose, that is, for an explosion? If not, what are the reasons?
  3. What damaging factors are inherent in this device?
  4. Is an explosive device detonated in the indicated place? If so, what type of device does it belong to (what are its design features, country of manufacture, etc.)?
  5. Are the items found at the scene (in the victim’s body) parts of an explosive device?
  6. If so, what type of device do they belong?
  7. In what way, homemade or industrial, is an explosive device made?
  8. What method of blasting was used in this case?
  9. If ammunition is detonated, what kind do they belong to (grenades, mines, shells, etc.)?
  10. Do the provided expert materials contain data indicating the personality traits of the manufacturer of the explosive device (professional skills, degree of knowledge of the technology of manufacture and use of explosive devices, etc.)?
  11. Is the design of an improvised explosive device, parts of which were found at the scene and a model made by a person (surname, name, patronymic) the same?