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A Dictionary of Forensic Science

Suzanne Bell

The flammable material that is used to accelerate the propagation of an intentionally set fire. Accelerants can be solids, liquids, or gases, with petrol (gasoline) being the most commonly used. Solid accelerants include paper, fireworks, road flares, and black powder. Butane (cigarette lighter fuel), propane, and natural gas are examples of gaseous accelerants, which do not leave any chemical residue at a fire scene.... ...

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