The reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated propenes was studied with the tetrachloroethene reductive dehalogenase purified from Sulfurospirillum multivorans to obtain indications for a radical mechanism of this reaction. When reduced methyl viologen (MV), which is a radical cation, was applied as electron donor for the reduction of different chloropropenes, a significant part of MV could not be rereduced with Ti(III) citrate, indicating that a part of the MV was consumed in a side reaction. Mass spectrometric analysis of assays with MV as electron donor revealed the formation of side products, the masses of which might account for the formation of adducts from a chloropropenyl radical and reduced methyl viologen. With Ti(III) citrate as sole electron donor, 2,3-dichloropropene was reduced and as a side product, 2,5-dichloro-1,5-hexadiene was formed demonstrating that the reductive dechlorination of 2,3-dichloropropene proceeds via a radical reaction mechanism. The results support different dehalogenation mechanisms forthe reductive dechlorination of chloropropenes and halogenated ethenes.