High-Hazard Special Purpose Explosives

High-hazard special purpose explosives include avalanche air bag systems, explosive bolts and cable cutters. (Type S.2)

Acquisition

The acquisition, storage and sale of high-hazard special purpose explosives require 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 must not store high-hazard special purpose explosives for use in a dwelling.

Storage Unit

A person may acquire and store up to 20 kilograms gross mass of high-hazard special purpose explosives for use in a storage unit.

When high-hazard special purpose explosives 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 special purpose explosives may be stored in the storage unit;
  7. the storage unit must be attended when it is unlocked;
  8. the storage unit must be kept clean, dry, organized and free of grit;
  9. any spill, leakage or other contamination in the storage unit must be cleaned up immediately;
  10. precautions that minimize the likelihood of fire in or near the storage unit must be taken; and
  11. 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 20 kg gross mass of high-hazard special purpose explosives for use in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.

Storage for Sale

Dwelling

A person must not store high-hazard special purpose explosives for sale in a dwelling.

Storage Unit

A person must not store high-hazard special purpose explosives for sale in a storage unit.

Explosives Licence

A person may acquire and store high-hazard special purpose explosives for sale in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.

Sale of Reactive Targets

Consult the following guideline for information on the sale of reactive targets: