Explosives Regulations, 2013 (SOR/2013-211)

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

Acquisition and Storage

Marginal note:Acquisition

 A user may acquire fireworks, whether or not they hold a licence, if they hold the fireworks operator certificate required for the use of the fireworks to be acquired. A user who acquires fireworks must comply with this Division.

Marginal note:Storage — licence holder
  •  (1) A user who holds a licence must store their fireworks in the magazine specified in their licence.

  • Marginal note:Electric matches

    (2) A user must not store electric matches in a magazine in which other fireworks are stored.

Marginal note:Storage — display supervisor in charge

 A user who is the display supervisor in charge of a display, whether or not they hold a licence, may store the fireworks to be used in a display –– to a maximum of 500 electric matches and 125 kg of other fireworks — in a Footnote *storage unit if they obtain the written approval of the Footnote *local authority to do so. The user must ensure that the requirements in section 427 are met.

Marginal note:Storage requirements — storage unit

 When fireworks 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 made from a non-sparking material (for example, wood or painted metal);

  • (f) nothing other than Footnote *explosives classified as type F may be stored in the storage unit;

  • (g) electric matches must be stored separately from other explosives (for example, on different shelves or separated by a wooden partition);

  • (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.

Use

Marginal note:Display assistant and display visitor

 A user may use fireworks if they hold a fireworks operator certificate (display assistant) or a fireworks operator certificate (display visitor) and use them under the direct supervision of the display supervisor in charge.

Marginal note:Display supervisor
  •  (1) A user may use fireworks other than aerial shells with a diameter of more than 155 mm, nautical shells and flying saucers if they hold a fireworks operator certificate (display supervisor) and fire them from a site other than a rooftop, bridge, flatbed or floating platform.

  • Marginal note:Endorsement required

    (2) A user may

    • (a) use aerial shells with a diameter of more than 155 mm, nautical shells and flying saucers if they hold a fireworks operator certificate (display supervisor) that includes the required endorsement or they are under the direct supervision of a display supervisor in charge whose certificate includes the required endorsement; and

    • (b) fire fireworks from a rooftop site, bridge site, flatbed site or floating platform site if they hold a fireworks operator certificate (display supervisor) that includes the required endorsement or they are under the direct supervision of a display supervisor in charge whose certificate includes the required endorsement.

SUBDIVISION cSupervision of a Fireworks Display

Definition of firing site

 In this subdivision, firing site means the area within a display site where the fireworks are set up and fired.

Marginal note:Display supervisor in charge
  •  (1) Every person who organizes a fireworks display must ensure that it is supervised by a display supervisor in charge.

  • Marginal note:Responsibilities

    (2) The display supervisor in charge must ensure that the display is carried out safely and that the requirements in sections 432 to 438 are met.

Marginal note:Plan
  •  (1) A fireworks display plan must be prepared in writing and kept for two years after the date of the display. The plan must include the following information:

    • (a) the name of the display supervisor in charge and the number and expiry date of their fireworks operator certificate;

    • (b) the location of any Footnote *storage units in which the fireworks to be displayed will be stored before or after the display;

    • (c) a description of the display site, including the distance in metres from the firing site to the nearest spectators, buildings, structures and Footnote *vulnerable sites;

    • (d) the type and Footnote *product name of each firework to be used and the name of the person who obtained its authorization;

    • (e) the quantity of fireworks to be used under each Footnote *product name;

    • (f) a description of how the fireworks will be positioned within the firing site and how they will be fired;

    • (g) a description of the crowd-control measures that will be taken; and

    • (h) an assessment of the likelihood of harm to people and property resulting from the use of the fireworks.

  • Marginal note:Approval

    (2) The plan must be submitted to the Footnote *local authority. The written approval of the local authority to hold the fireworks display must be obtained before the display takes place.

  • Marginal note:Safety meetings

    (3) Meetings must be held with all people who will participate in presenting the fireworks display (for example, security guards and technicians) to inform them of the fireworks that will be used and the safety precautions to be taken during the display. Subsequent meetings must be held if the display is changed in a way that increases the likelihood of harm to people or property resulting from the use of the fireworks.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 39.
Marginal note:Fireworks to be attended

 The fireworks must be Footnote *attended when they are not in a Footnote *storage unit or a magazine.

Marginal note:Danger zone
  •  (1) When the fireworks are brought to the firing site, a danger zone must be established whose outer boundary is at least 30 m from the perimeter of the firing site. A smaller danger zone may be established only with the written approval of the Footnote *local authority.

  • Marginal note:Flammables

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

  • Marginal note:Fallout zone

    (3) Before the continuity of the circuits is tested or, in the case of manually fired fireworks, before the first firework is fired, a fallout zone must be established that encompasses the area in which fireworks debris is likely to fall, taking into account the properties of the fireworks to be used, the angle from which they will be fired and the anticipated weather conditions.

  • Marginal note:Access

    (4) Only people authorized by the display supervisor in charge may enter or be in the danger zone or the fallout zone from the time any fireworks are brought into the zone until the supervisor in charge declares the zone to be free of Footnote *explosives.

  • Marginal note:Handling

    (5) Only a person who holds a fireworks operator certificate (display assistant), fireworks operator certificate (display supervisor), fireworks operator certificate (display supervisor with endorsement) or fireworks operator certificate (display visitor) may handle fireworks in the danger zone or fallout zone.

  • Marginal note:No smoking

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

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 35.
 
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