Forensic medicine – MCQ 29 – Singeing, Blackening and tattooing

Singeing, Blackening and tattooing are seen when the distance of the muzzle from the body is?
A) In contact
B) At a distance of 6” (6 inches)
C) At a distance of 2’ ( 2 feet)
D) At a distance of 4 yards

Correct answer : B) At a distance of 6” (6 inches)

Within a distance of about 30 cm, tissues surrounding the wound are singed by flame, blackened by smoke and tattooed by unburnt or partially burnt powder granules. (Ref : Essentials of forensic medicine and toxicology, by Dr. KS Narayan Reddy, 26th edition, p187)

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