Forensic Arson Section

The laboratory performs analysis for the entire state of Texas for ignitable liquids used to accelerate a fire. For explosives analyses, please contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) laboratory system. The ATF offices and laboratory phone numbers are all listed in the Arson Lab Evidence Collection and Submission Handbook.

Please refer to the Forensic Arson Laboratory Guidelines for Evidence before submitting evidence.

The Laboratory Submission Form is to be used only in arson or other criminally related cases. The lab also offers quality control analysis. Any agency may send us a clean, empty can from their stock of metal cans used for evidence collection. We may then evaluate these cans to determine if they are suitable for evidence collection (i.e., contamination free). The Forensic Arson Laboratory offers this service as a courtesy to all submitting agencies. Please use the Evidence Can Quality Check form for this type of quality assurance service.

When shipping evidence, address the package to the attention of the Forensic Arson Lab. This ensures that the person who opens the box will be someone intended to be in the chain of custody and that the evidence will be stored in the vault immediately, once the courier's responsibility has ended. Address the package to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
ATTN: Forensic Arson Laboratory
7915 Cameron Road
Austin, Texas 78754-3803

Always use a physical address when shipping evidence to the lab, and provide a physical address on the "send to" section of the submission form. Courier services will no longer deliver to post office boxes.

If evidence submission does not meet all of the necessary criteria, you will receive a Forensic Arson Laboratory Submission Criteria Sheet with your final lab report. Use this form as a checklist when sending evidence to ensure that your evidence will yield the best possible results.

The Forensic Arson Laboratory seeks to continually improve its procedures and services to provide the best possible forensic support for fire investigations. Any suggestions or comments are encouraged. Please complete the Forensic Arson Laboratory Evaluation Form and email it to ArsonLab@tdi.texas.gov.

For additional information or help, contact the laboratory at 512-676-6801.