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High Temperature Accelerants (HTA)
Posted by: Sir Gary
Date: May 15, 2010 08:52AM
Sorry if I missed the bus on the original HTA-post,
but I haven't logged on for a week or so, and am some 200 unread post behind.
HTA - never heard the term down here and wouldn't recognize one if I tripped over one.
A few years back had a furniture shop fire with a pile of sprung mattresses at the back below a high window.
The matresses were FUBAR, but had an unusual hole perhaps 6- 8 inches in diameter,
running top to bottom melted through some 8 matresses' sprung coils.
I took some of the molten residue to our SEM
and found Aluminium and traces of Magnesium not present in the sprung steel control samples.
My best guess at the time was a thermite incendiary lobbed through the high window above.