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Case Dismissed! The Metal Halide Lamp Warehouse Fire Mystery, Solved
A critical component of the scientific method used in fire investigations is the consideration of all feasible alternative hypotheses so as to not fall victim to expectation bias, where premature conclusions are reached without properly examining all relevant data. In this warehouse fire case study, investigators quickly concluded that a metal halide lamp ruptured and caused hot fragments to fall and ignite combustible materials. The lighting fixture, the fractured arc tube and numerous lamp fragments were found in the area of origin, including a fragment with the accused manufacturer’s logo. And there were no other viable ignition sources in the area of origin. On its face, this seemed to be a reasonable hypothesis. However, multiple unanswered questions remained. Join us to learn the answers to those burning questions as we shed light and illuminate the facts through our systematic investigation that ultimately led to a complete dismissal of the lamp manufacturer from the case!

Feb 8, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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