What happens when chemical weapons combust?
In Combustion Man, the fourth FIRES film, Dr Subith Vasu, in collaboration with a group of enthusiastic young students, investigates what happens to toxic chemicals during explosions. He explains: “Combustion can be used to destroy chemical weapons. Combustion converts one chemical into another chemical using fire. Similarly, you have chemical weapons, and you use fire to convert them into something harmless.”
Science has brought chemical weapons into existence, and these deadly substances may already be in the wrong hands; Dr Vasu’s work serves as an important reminder that many researchers aspire to use science for the benefit of humanity and to counter the menace of chemical weapons. The results of Dr Vasu’s experiments may help ascertain what kind of explosives would be effective in remotely destroying chemical weapons stockpiles without the risk of collateral damage, and without the risks associated with direct human involvement in the destruction process.
The film Combustion Man is now available to view on the FIRES website. It is also possible to host a screening of this, or any other FIRES film, for free, via the sign up form found online.
Additional information about Combustion Man can be found on the dedicated film page.