Kitchen chemistry and forensics: get involved

HART decontamination officer

Have you ever wondered why we’re seeing an increase in the use of homemade explosives in the UK, or why the police need to gather forensics immediately at the scene of a crime?

Our hazardous area response team (HART) is running a series of talks in September; ‘kitchen chemistry’ looks at how people are making deadly explosives from everyday household items, and ‘forensic management’ covers why the police gather evidence, even from deceased patients, immediately at the scene of a large incident.

Forensic management

At the recent exercise at the Hatfield Galleria, staff asked why police officers were spending time getting forensic material from a ‘dead’ perpetrator when ‘live’ civilians around them were suffering from untreated gunshot wounds. The forensic management session looks at why gathering forensics so quickly is important, and how the results can be used to identify those involved and prevent further attacks.

The next session is taking place at the Great Notley HART base on the 17th September, starting at 5.30pm.

Kitchen chemistry

The risk of individuals using homemade explosives is still a significant threat within the UK, and the consequences of such devises have been seen on a number of occasions around the world.  With this in mind, this session will look at how people are able to make such deadly devises from everyday items they find in their kitchen or around the home.

The next session is taking place at the Great Notley HART base in September, with the specific date and time to be confirmed.

If you would like to register your interest in either/both of these sessions, please contact

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