Model Rocket Motors

Model rocket motor means a recreational rocket motor with an impulse that is produced by combustion of a solid propellant and does not exceed 160 newton-seconds. (Type R.1)

Rocket Motor Accessories are explosive articles used to initiate various types of Rocket Motors. (Type R.3)

Acquisition

The acquisition, storage and sale of rocket motors require a dwelling, a storage unit or an explosives licence depending on the quantity and type of explosives being handled. Any person handling explosives must be at least 18 years of age or older unless otherwise exempted by the Explosives Act and Regulations.

Storage for Use

Dwelling

A person may acquire and store up to 200 kilograms gross mass of model rocket motors and 2500 igniters for use in a dwelling or storage unit.

When rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters are stored in a dwelling:

  1. they must be stored away from flammable substances and sources of ignition, in a manner that protects them from theft and ensures that access to them is limited to people authorized by the retailer.

Storage Unit

A person may acquire and store up to 200 kilograms gross mass of model rocket motors and 2500 igniters for use in a dwelling or storage unit.

When rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters 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 constructed from a non- sparking material (for example, wood or painted metal);
  6. nothing other than rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters may be stored in the storage unit;
  7. if the rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters are not in consumer packs, the motors and kits must be stored separately from the igniters (for example, on different shelves or separated by a wooden barrier);
  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 200 kg gross mass of model rocket motors and greater than 2500 igniters for use in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.

Storage for Sale

Dwelling

A person must store model rocket motors for sale in a dwelling.

Storage Unit

A person may acquire and store up to 200 kilograms gross mass of model rocket motors and 2500 igniters for sale in a dwelling or storage unit.

When rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters 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 constructed from a non- sparking material (for example, wood or painted metal);
  6. nothing other than rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters may be stored in the storage unit;
  7. if the rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters are not in consumer packs, the motors and kits must be stored separately from the igniters (for example, on different shelves or separated by a wooden barrier);
  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 200 kg gross mass of model rocket motors and greater than 2500 igniters for sale in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.