Suicide by detonating an explosive is an uncommon means of committing suicide.

A primary factor limiting its use is accessibility, with explosives having restrictions on their use.


Groups who might use an explosive to commit suicide:

(1) soldier

(2) terrorist

(3) miner or construction worker

(4) someone with access to fireworks

(5) chemist


In combat a soldier may lie on a hand grenade as a means to protect comrades (altruistic suicide)


Placement of the explosive:

(1) in the mouth or on the head, resulting in CNS trauma

(2) against the chest, causing cardiothoracic trauma


The scene investigation is important:

(1) to identify the explosive

(2) to exclude the possibility of a masked homicide

(3) to exclude an accidental detonation 

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