A study of mosquito-coils as timing devices in an arson crime

Yoshihiro Hida, Yasuharu Nishijima, Keiko Kudo, Noriaki Ikeda

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Several arson cases in which mosquito-coils were used as timing devices occurred recently in Fukuoka prefecture. We investigated the method of ignition and components to distinguish 5 maker's mosquito-coils. As the result, it cleared that the mosquito-coil itself was not able to set fire to papers or cloths containing kerosene or gasoline. A small amount of gunpowder, a sparkler or a few matchsticks were required. Five maker's mosquito-coils were successfully distinguished using thin layer chromatography or gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The obtained results should be useful as reference data in practical arson crimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalActa Criminologiae et Medicinae Legalis Japonica
Volume69
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2003

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Firesetting Behavior
Crime
Culicidae
Equipment and Supplies
Kerosene
Gasoline
Thin Layer Chromatography
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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A study of mosquito-coils as timing devices in an arson crime. / Hida, Yoshihiro; Nishijima, Yasuharu; Kudo, Keiko; Ikeda, Noriaki.

In: Acta Criminologiae et Medicinae Legalis Japonica, Vol. 69, No. 2, 01.12.2003, p. 31-35.

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Hida, Yoshihiro ; Nishijima, Yasuharu ; Kudo, Keiko ; Ikeda, Noriaki. / A study of mosquito-coils as timing devices in an arson crime. In: Acta Criminologiae et Medicinae Legalis Japonica. 2003 ; Vol. 69, No. 2. pp. 31-35.
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