Explosives Regulations, 2013 (SOR/2013-211)

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2016-04-15. Previous Versions

PART 15Model and High-Power Rocket Motors

Marginal note:Overview

 This Part authorizes the acquisition, storage and sale of rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters. Division 1 sets out the rules for sellers and users of model rocket motors (type R.1), model rocket motor reloading kits (type R.1) and igniters for model rocket motors (type R.3). Division 2 sets out the rules for sellers and users of high-power rocket motors (type R.2), high-power rocket motor reloading kits (type R.2) and igniters for high-power rocket motors (type R.3).

Marginal note:Definitions
  •  (1) The following definitions apply in this Part.

    distributor

    distributeur

    distributor means a person who sells rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters to other distributors or to retailers, whether or not they sell to users. (distributeur)

    licence

    licence

    licence means a licence that authorizes storage of the type of rocket motor, reloading kit or igniter to be sold or acquired. (licence)

    high-power rocket motor

    moteur de fusée haute puissance

    high-power rocket motor means a recreational rocket motor with an impulse that is produced by combustion of a solid propellent and exceeds 160 newton-seconds but does not exceed 40 960 newton-seconds. (moteur de fusée haute puissance)

    model rocket motor

    moteur de fusée miniature

    model rocket motor means a recreational rocket motor with an impulse that is produced by combustion of a solid propellent and does not exceed 160 newton-seconds. (moteur de fusée miniature)

    reloading kit

    trousse de rechargement

    reloading kit means a package that contains a solid propellant and other components that are designed to be used in a reloadable rocket motor. (trousse de rechargement)

    retailer

    détaillant

    retailer means a person, other than a distributor, who sells rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters. (détaillant)

    seller

    vendeur

    seller means a distributor or a retailer. (vendeur)

    user

    utilisateur

    user means a person who acquires rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters for use. (utilisateur)

  • Marginal note:Storage

    (2) For the purposes of this Part, rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters are stored in a sales establishment, including a dwelling, if they are

    • (a) inside the sales establishment, whether or not they are in a Footnote *storage unit or displayed for sale;

    • (b) outside the sales establishment in a storage unit that is used in operating the establishment; or

    • (c) in a licensed magazine that is either inside or outside the establishment.

Marginal note:Quantity of motors and kits

 A reference to the mass of a rocket motor or reloading kit in this Part is a reference to its gross mass (the mass of the motor or kit plus the mass of any packaging or container).

DIVISION 1Model Rocket Motors

Marginal note:Motor rockets, kits and igniters

 In this Division, unless otherwise indicated, a reference to a rocket motor, a reloading kit or an igniter is a reference to a model rocket motor, a reloading kit for a model rocket motor or an igniter for a model rocket motor.

Rules for Sellers

Acquisition for Sale

Marginal note:Distributor
  •  (1) A distributor may acquire, store and sell rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters if they hold a licence. A distributor who acquires rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters must comply with this Division.

  • Marginal note:Retailer

    (2) A retailer may acquire, store and sell rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters, whether or not they hold a licence. A retailer who acquires rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters must comply with this Division.

Storage

Marginal note:Licensed seller
  •  (1) A seller who holds a licence must store their rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters in the magazine specified in their licence.

  • Marginal note:Unlicensed retailer

    (2) A retailer who does not hold a licence must store their rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters in a sales establishment and must ensure that the requirements of sections 312 to 315 are met.

Marginal note:Display for sale prohibited
  •  (1) Rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters must not be displayed for sale in a dwelling.

  • Marginal note:Maximum quantity

    (2) In the case of a sales establishment that is not a dwelling, no more than 25 kg of rocket motors and reloading kits (combined quantity) and no more than 300 igniters may be displayed for sale.

  • Marginal note:Precautions

    (3) Rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters that are displayed for sale must be kept behind a sales counter or locked up (for example, in a cabinet) unless they are in consumer packs that meet the requirements of section 313.

  • Marginal note:Access

    (4) Only people authorized by the retailer may have access to the area behind a sales counter.

  • Marginal note:Separation of motors, kits and igniters

    (5) When displayed for sale, rocket motors and reloading kits that are not in consumer packs must be separated by a fire break, or kept at least 1 m , from igniters that are not in consumer packs.

Marginal note:Consumer packs

 For the purposes of this Division, a consumer pack must meet the following requirements:

  • (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 rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters it contains; and

  • (c) it must be designed so that it prevents any shifting of the rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters during handling or transportation.

Marginal note:Maximum quantity
  •  (1) No more than 200 kg of rocket motors and reloading kits (combined quantity) and no more than 2 500 igniters may be stored at any one time, including those that are displayed for sale.

  • Marginal note:Place of storage

    (2) Rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters that are not displayed for sale must be stored in a dwelling or a Footnote *storage unit.

  • Marginal note:Rocket with motor installed

    (3) A model rocket in which a motor has been installed must not be stored.

  • Marginal note:Heat or dampness

    (4) Rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters must not be exposed to heat or dampness that could cause them to deteriorate.

Marginal note:Storage requirements — dwelling
  •  (1) When rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters are stored in a dwelling, 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.

  • Marginal note:Storage requirements — storage unit

    (2) When rocket motors, reloading kits or igniters are stored in a Footnote *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 rocket motors, reloading kits and igniters may be stored in the storage unit;

    • (g) 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);

    • (h) the storage unit must be Footnote *attended when it is unlocked;

    • (i) the storage unit must be kept clean, dry, organized and free of grit;

    • (j) any spill, leakage or other contamination in the storage unit must be cleaned up immediately;

    • (k) precautions that minimize the likelihood of fire in or near the storage unit must be taken; and

    • (l) 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.

 
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