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J.P. Farris

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A Question of Chemistry
« on: October 20, 2009, 12:24:29 AM »

I am working on a locked-room mystery where the victim was found burned, but I don't want to use gasoline or kerosene.  Does anybody know of a flamable chemical that reacts with oxygen?  I know magnesium phosphorous does.  But I'm looking for something more than just a flash.  Any help given to steer me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

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J.P.
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B L McAllister

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Re: A Question of Chemistry
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 05:18:51 PM »

Alcohol, though you'll have to furnish some suitable details.  Just dropping a cigarette into spilled whiskey doesn't seem like the way to go, but you have a lot more options.
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Re: A Question of Chemistry
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009, 07:08:07 PM »

Any volatile solvent will do.

As long as you have oxygen and an ignition source (match, lighter, candle) you can get fire.
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