Low-Hazard Special Purpose Explosives

Low-hazard special purpose explosives include highway flares, personal distress signals, bird scaring devices and fire extinguisher cartridges. (Type S.1)

Acquisition

The acquisition, storage and sale of low-hazard special purpose explosives 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 40 kilograms gross mass of low-hazard special purpose explosives for use in a dwelling.

When low-hazard special purpose explosives are stored in a dwelling:

(a) 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 1000 kilograms gross mass of low-hazard special purpose explosives for use in a storage unit.

When low-hazard special purpose explosives are stored in a storage unit:

(a) the storage unit must be located in a dry place, away from flammable substances and sources of ignition;
(b) the storage unit must be constructed and maintained to prevent unauthorized access and to protect the contents from weather;
(c) if the storage unit is a container, it must not impede exit in case of fire;
(d) if the storage unit is not a container, all exits must be kept unobstructed;
(e) any shelving in the storage unit must be constructed from a non- sparking material (for example, wood or painted metal);
(f) nothing other than special purpose explosives may be stored in the storage unit;
(g) the storage unit must be attended when it is unlocked;
(h) the storage unit must be kept clean, dry, organized and free of grit;
(i) any spill, leakage or other contamination in the storage unit must be cleaned up immediately;
(j) precautions that minimize the likelihood of fire in or near the storage unit must be taken; and
(k) 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 1000 kg gross mass of low-hazard special purpose explosives for use in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.

Storage for Sale

Dwelling

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

Display for Sale

(1) Only highway flares, marine flares and personal distress flares may be displayed for sale.

Flares displayed for sale must meet the following:

(a) No more than 1 000 kg of flares may be displayed for sale at any one time.
(b) Flares that are displayed for sale must be kept behind a sales counter or locked up (for example, in a cabinet) unless the flares are in consumer packs.
(c) Only people authorized by the retailer may have access to the area behind a sales counter.
(d) Flares that are displayed for sale must be separated into lots of 25 kg or less. Each lot must be separated from the other lots by a fire break. The lots must be kept away from flammable substances and sources of ignition.

Consumer Packs must meet the following:

(a) it must be of sufficient strength to withstand normal handling;
(b) it must be designed so that it prevents a person who is handling it from being able to ignite the flares it contains; and
(c) it must be designed so that it prevents any shifting of the flares during handling or transportation.

Storage Unit

A person may acquire and store up to 100 kilograms gross mass of low-hazard special purpose explosives for sale in a storage unit attached to a dwelling.

A person may acquire and store up to 1000 kilograms gross mass of low-hazard special purpose explosives for sale in a storage unit detached from a dwelling.

When low-hazard special purpose explosives are stored in a storage unit:

(a) the storage unit must be located in a dry place, away from flammable substances and sources of ignition;
(b) the storage unit must be constructed and maintained to prevent unauthorized access and to protect the contents from weather;
(c) if the storage unit is a container, it must not impede exit in case of fire;
(d) if the storage unit is not a container, all exits must be kept unobstructed;
(e) any shelving in the storage unit must be constructed from a non- sparking material (for example, wood or painted metal);
(f) nothing other than special purpose explosives may be stored in the storage unit;
(g) the storage unit must be attended when it is unlocked;
(h) the storage unit must be kept clean, dry, organized and free of grit;
(i) any spill, leakage or other contamination in the storage unit must be cleaned up immediately;
(j) precautions that minimize the likelihood of fire in or near the storage unit must be taken; and
(k) 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 1000 kg gross mass of low-hazard special purpose explosives for sale in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.