Exploding a sufficient amount of explosive in the mouth can be fatal.

Explosives may involve:

(1) a large firecracker

(2) a home-made powder bomb

(3) a commercial explosive


Initiation may be by:

(1) fuse

(2) detonator with blasting cap


The cause of death is trauma to the central nervous system. There is also severe trauma to the oropharynx and facial structures.


The crime scene investigation should include collection of trace evidence that can help to identify the type of explosive used.


It is also important to consider the use of an explosive to hide a homicide.

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