Special Effect Pyrotechnics

Special Effect Pyrotechnics are high-hazard pyrotechnic articles designed for use by professionals holding a Fireworks Operator Certificate. These articles include items such as gerbs, mines, comets and crossettes. This class also includes special purpose pyrotechnics manufactured live on stage or for the film and television industry. (Type F.3)

Fireworks Accessories are explosive articles used to initiate various types of Fireworks. (Type F.4)

Acquisition

The acquisition, storage and sale of fireworks require a dwelling, a storage unit or an explosives licence depending on the quantity and type of explosives being handled. Any person using special effect pyrotechnics must have a fireworks operators certificate and be at least 18 years of age or older unless otherwise exempted by the Explosives Act and Regulations.

Nothing in the Explosives Act relieves a person of the obligation to comply with other Acts, Regulations and By-Laws lawfully enacted in relation to explosives.

Storage for Use

Dwelling or Storage Unit

A person may acquire and store up to 25 kilograms gross mass of special effect pyrotechnics and up to 500 electric matches for use in a dwelling or storage unit.

When special effect pyrotechnics are stored in a storage unit:

  1. the storage unit must be located in a dry place, away from flammable substances and sources of ignition;
  2. the storage unit must be constructed and maintained to prevent unauthorized access and to protect the contents from weather;
  3. if the storage unit is a container, it must not impede exit in case of fire;
  4. if the storage unit is not a container, all exits must be kept unobstructed;
  5. any shelving in the storage unit must be made from a non-sparking material (for example, wood or painted metal);
  6. nothing other than explosives classified as type F may be stored in the storage unit;
  7. electric matches must be stored separately from other explosives (for example, on different shelves or separated by a wooden partition);
  8. the storage unit must be attended when it is unlocked;
  9. the storage unit must be kept clean, dry, organized and free of grit;
  10. any spill, leakage or other contamination in the storage unit must be cleaned up immediately;
  11. precautions that minimize the likelihood of fire in or near the storage unit must be taken; and
  12. a sign that displays the words “Danger — Fire Hazard/Risque d’incendie” in letters at least 10 cm high and that prohibits smoking using letters, or a symbol, at least 10 cm high must be posted on the storage unit in a clearly visible location.

Explosives Licence

A person may acquire and store greater than 25 kg gross mass of special effect pyrotechnics and greater than 500 electric matches for use in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.

Special Effect Pyrotechnics and Fireworks Accessories must be stored separately.

Storage for Sale

Dwelling

A person must store special effect pyrotechnics for sale in a dwelling.

Storage Unit

A person must store special effect pyrotechnics for sale in a storage unit.

Explosives Licence

A person may acquire and store special effect pyrotechnics for sale in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.

Special Effect Pyrotechnics and Fireworks Accessories must be stored separately.