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A Question of Chemistry


J.P. Farris:
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.



B L McAllister:
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.

Dave Freas:
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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