Explosives Regulations, 2013 (SOR/2013-211)

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

Marginal note:Danger zone
  •  (1) A danger zone must be established, taking into account the properties of the special effect pyrotechnics to be used, how they will be positioned, the instructions of the person who obtained their authorization, the weather conditions if the pyrotechnic event is to be held outdoors and the likelihood of harm to people or property resulting from the use of the pyrotechnics.

  • Marginal note:Flammables

    (2) The danger zone must not contain any flammables or other items that are likely to catch fire.

  • Marginal note:Access

    (3) Only people authorized by the pyrotechnician in charge may enter or be in the danger zone from the time any special effect pyrotechnics are brought into the zone until the pyrotechnician in charge declares the zone to be free of explosives.

  • Marginal note:No smoking

    (4) Smoking must be prohibited in the danger zone.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 33.
Marginal note:Fire prevention and first aid

 During the pyrotechnic event, fire prevention measures that minimize the possibility of harm to people or property must be put in place and facilities, equipment and personnel for fire fighting and administering first aid that minimize the possibility of harm must be present at the site.

Marginal note:Instructions
  •  (1) When setting up and firing the special effect pyrotechnics, the instructions of the person who obtained their authorization must be followed.

  • Marginal note:Firing unit

    (2) Only the pyrotechnician in charge, or a person designated by the pyrotechnician in charge, may have access to the firing unit.

  • Marginal note:Physical keying device

    (3) The pyrotechnician in charge, or a person designated by the pyrotechnician in charge, must have control of any physical keying device at all times.

  • Marginal note:Safety interlock

    (4) The firing unit must be equipped with a safety interlock that has at least two steps.

  • Marginal note:Extraneous electricity

    (5) Precautions that minimize the likelihood of extraneous electricity igniting an electric match must be taken.

  • Marginal note:Device attached to body

    (6) Any device that is used to contain special effect pyrotechnics and is hand-held or attached to a person’s body must be equipped with a firing system that has two switches.

  • Marginal note:Connecting to power supply

    (7) A firing unit must not be connected to a power supply except during a test of circuit continuity or immediately before a special effect pyrotechnic is to be fired. The circuit continuity tester must be current-limited and intrinsically safe so as to eliminate the possibility of an ignition of any pyrotechnic.

  • Marginal note:Devices

    (8) Any device that is used to contain special effect pyrotechnics must be

    • (a) designed and manufactured to prevent fragmentation or distortion of the device;

    • (b) designed and manufactured to prevent or contain fragmentation of the pyrotechnics;

    • (c) mounted so as to prevent any change in position or direction when used;

    • (d) positioned and secured in a manner that minimizes the likelihood of harm to people and property; and

    • (e) maintained in good condition.

  • Marginal note:Damaged pyrotechnics

    (9) Special effect pyrotechnics that are damaged, leaking, damp or contaminated must not be used.

  • Marginal note:No firing

    (10) A special effect pyrotechnic must not be fired if a circumstance occurs that could increase the likelihood of harm to people or property.

  • Marginal note:Postponing or stopping event

    (11) A pyrotechnic event must be postponed or stopped if unfavourable weather conditions develop, a special effect pyrotechnic malfunctions or any other circumstance occurs that could increase the likelihood of harm to people or property.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 34.
Marginal note:Firing unit disconnected
  •  (1) The firing unit must be disconnected immediately after the pyrotechnic event, as well as during a pause in the event if keeping the unit connected could increase the likelihood of harm to people or property. When a unit is disconnected, any physical keying device must be removed and kept in the possession of the pyrotechnician in charge or a person designated by the pyrotechnician in charge.

  • Marginal note:Misfired pyrotechnics

    (2) Misfired special effect pyrotechnics must not be approached until at least

    • (a) one minute after firing, if the firing was initiated by an electric match; and

    • (b) 30 minutes after firing, if the firing was initiated by other means.

  • Marginal note:Precautions

    (3) Precautions that minimize the likelihood of harm to people and property from misfired special effect pyrotechnics must be taken.

  • Marginal note:Search

    (4) As soon as the circumstances permit after the periods referred to in subsection (2), the site of the pyrotechnic event must be searched and all explosives must be removed from the site.

  • Marginal note:Access

    (5) After the event, only people designated to do a search by the pyrotechnician in charge may enter or be in the danger zone until the pyrotechnician in charge declares the zone to be free of explosives.

Marginal note:Logbook of events

 A record of the pyrotechnic event must be made in a logbook that sets out the name of the pyrotechnician in charge and the number and expiry date of their fireworks operator certificate. The logbook must be kept for two years after the date of the last recorded event. The record must include the following information and documents:

  • (a) a copy of the pyrotechnic event plan prepared for the event;

  • (b) a copy of the Footnote *local authority’s approval to hold the event;

  • (c) the name and address of every person who worked at the event under the supervision of the pyrotechnician in charge; and

  • (d) a description of any unusual circumstance, a statement of the number of misfires and a description of how each misfire was dealt with.

Marginal note:Record of licence holder

 When a pyrotechnic event is held on behalf of a licence holder, the holder must keep a record of the event for two years after the date of the event. The record must include the following information and documents:

  • (a) the licence holder’s name and address and the number and expiry date of their licence;

  • (b) the name of the pyrotechnician in charge and the number and expiry date of their fireworks operator certificate;

  • (c) a copy of the Footnote *local authority’s approval to hold the event;

  • (d) the type and Footnote *product name of each special effect pyrotechnic used and the name of the person who obtained its authorization;

  • (e) the quantity used under each Footnote *product name; and

  • (f) the date and site of the event.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 39.

PART 18Display Fireworks

Marginal note:Overview

 This Part authorizes the acquisition, storage and sale of display fireworks (type F.2) and their accessories and regulates their use. Division 1 sets out rules for sellers and users of display fireworks and fireworks accessories, including how to obtain a fireworks operator certificate. Division 2 sets out additional rules for display fireworks that are firecrackers.

 
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