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NCJ Number: 201557 Find in a Library
Title: Postmortem Findings in 22 Victims Due to Two Grain Silo Explosions in France
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:48  Issue:4  Dated:July 2003  Pages:827-831
Author(s): K. Botti M.D.; N. Grosleron-Gros M.D.; N. Khaldi M.D.; A. Oliviera M.D.; S. Gromb Ph.D.
Date Published: July 2003
Page Count: 5
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on a retrospective study of 22 victims of grain silo explosions that occurred in France in 1982 and 1997.
Abstract: Dust explosions in agro-business plants are becoming more frequent, however postmortem data on the victims are rare. The authors engaged in a postmortem examination of all 22 victims of the 2 explosions. All victims had multiple lesions; the lesions demonstrated direct involvement of the blast, heat from the explosion, and the effects of toxic gases and asphyxia. The authors discuss the types of burns; head and neck lesions; thoracic lesions and content; abdominal lesions and contents; lesions to the limbs, pelvis, and spine; and the condition of the heart and lungs in the victims. The authors note that the phlyctens found in the victims were superficial burns indicating rapid thermal action. The importance of the involvement of forensic pathologists in emergency planning is underscored. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Forensic sciences
Index Term(s): Explosion investigations; Injury investigations
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