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Explosives Regulations, 2013 (SOR/2013-211)

Regulations are current to 2022-07-25 and last amended on 2018-11-02. Previous Versions

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IMAGESUSING CONSUMER FIREWORKSUTILISATION DE PIÈCES PYROTECHNIQUES À L’USAGE DES CONSOMMATEURS
Part 16 of the Explosives Regulations, 2013 provides additional safety rules for consumer fireworks.La partie 16 du Règlement sur les explosifs prévoit des règles de sécurité additionnelles.
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PEOPLE UNDER 18 YEARS OLD who use fireworks must be supervised by an adult.LES PERSONNES DE MOINS DE 18 ANS qui utilisent des pièces pyrotechniques doivent le faire sous la surpervision d’un adulte.
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CHOOSE a wide, clear site away from all obstacles. Refer to the safety instructions on the fireworks label for minimum distances from spectators.CHOISIR un emplacement spacieux, bien dégagé et loin de tout obstacle. Consulter les consignes de sécurité sur l’étiquette des pièces pyrotechniques pour connaître les distances minimales entre les pièces et les spectateurs.
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DO NOT FIRE IN WINDY CONDITIONS.NE PAS METTRE À FEU LES PIÈCES PYROTECHNIQUES PAR TEMPS VENTEUX.
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READ all instructions on the fireworks. PLAN the order of firing before you begin.LIRE toutes les instructions sur les pièces pyrotechniques. DÉTERMINER l’ordre de mise à feu avant de débuter.
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USE A GOOD FIRING BASE such as a pail filled with earth or sand.UTILISER UNE BONNE BASE DE MISE À FEU, tel un seau, remplie de terre ou de sable.
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BURY fireworks that do not have a base HALFWAY in a container of earth or sand (such as a pail, box or wheelbarrow) unless the label on the firework indicates otherwise. Set them at a 10-degree angle, pointing away from people.ENFOUIR À MOITIÉ les pièces pyrotechniques qui ne possèdent pas de base dans un contenant (par exemple, un seau, une boîte ou une brouette) renfermant du sable ou de la terre, sauf indication contraire sur l’étiquette. Les installer à un angle de 10 degrés et les pointer en direction opposée des spectateurs.
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NEVER try to light a firework or hold a lit firework in your hand unless the instructions of the person who obtained its authorization indicate that they are designed to be hand-held.NE JAMAIS tenir dans la main des pièces pyrotechniques qui sont allumées ou que vous tentez d’allumer, sauf si les instructions de la personne qui a obtenu l’autorisation des pièces indiquent qu’elles sont conçues pour être tenues dans la main.
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LIGHT CAREFULLY: Always light the fuse at its tip.ALLUMER PRUDEMMENT : toujours allumer la mèche à l’extrémité.
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KEEP WATER NEARBY: Dispose of used fireworks (including debris) in a pail of water.GARDER DE L’EAU À PORTÉE DE LA MAIN : mettre les pièces pyrotechniques utilisées et les débris dans un seau d’eau.
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WAIT at least 30 minutes before approaching a firework that did not go off. NEVER try to RELIGHT a firework that did not go off. NEVER try to fix a firework that is defective.ATTENDRE au moins 30 minutes avant de s’approcher d’une pièce pyrotechnique dont la mise à feu n’a pas fonctionné. NE JAMAIS tenter de RALLUMER une pièce pyrotechnique dont la mise à feu n’a pas fonctionné. NE JAMAIS tenter de réparer une pièce pyrotechnique qui est défectueuse.
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KEEP fireworks in a cool, dry, ventilated place, out of the reach of children.CONSERVER les pièces pyrotechniques dans un endroit frais, sec, aéré et hors de la portée des enfants.
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IT IS RECOMMENDED that safety glasses be worn.IL EST RECOMMANDÉ de porter des lunettes de sécurité.
  • SOR/2016-75, s. 31

PART 17Special Effect Pyrotechnics

Marginal note:Overview

 This Part authorizes the acquisition, storage and sale of special effect pyrotechnics and regulates their use. Division 1 sets out rules for sellers. Division 2 sets out rules for users and other acquirers and indicates how to obtain a fireworks operator certificate.

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Part.

black powder

black powder means an explosive classified as type P.1. (poudre noire)

licence

licence means a licence that authorizes the storage of the type of pyrotechnics to be sold or acquired. (licence)

propellant powder

propellant powder means black powder and smokeless powder. (poudre propulsive)

pyrotechnic event

pyrotechnic event means an event at which special effect pyrotechnics are used and includes a film or television production in which special effect pyrotechnics are used. (activité pyrotechnique)

special effect pyrotechnics

special effect pyrotechnics means, in addition to any Footnote *explosive classified as type F.3, the following types of explosive if it will be used to produce a special effect in a film or television production or a performance before a live audience:

  • (a) fireworks accessories (type F.4);

  • (b) black powder and hazard category PE 1 black powder substitutes (type P.1);

  • (c) smokeless powder and hazard category PE 3 black powder substitutes (type P.2);

  • (d) initiation systems (type I) (for example, blasting accessories);

  • (e) detonating cord (type E.1); and

  • (f) low-hazard special purpose explosives (Type S.1) and high-hazard special purpose explosives (Type S.2). (pièce pyrotechnique à effets spéciaux)

smokeless powder

smokeless powder means an explosive classified as type P.2. (poudre sans fumée)

special purpose pyrotechnics

special purpose pyrotechnics means special effect pyrotechnics that are combined with a flammable liquid, solid or gas to produce custom-made special effects. (pièce pyrotechnique à usage particulier)

user

user means a person who acquires special effect pyrotechnics for use, which includes setting them up and firing them. (utilisateur)

  • SOR/2018-231, s. 33

Marginal note:Pyrotechnics quantity

 A reference to the mass of a special effect pyrotechnic in this Part is a reference to its gross mass (the mass of the pyrotechnic plus the mass of any packing or container) except in the case of propellant powder, where it is a reference to its net quantity (the mass of the powder excluding the mass of any packaging or container and, in the case of an Footnote *explosive article, also excluding any component that is not an Footnote *explosive substance).

Marginal note:Prohibition on use

 Except as authorized by this Part, it is prohibited for a person to use special effect pyrotechnics.

DIVISION 1Rules for Sellers

Acquisition for Sale and Storage

Marginal note:Acquisition

 A seller may acquire, store and sell special effect pyrotechnics if they hold a licence. A seller who acquires special effect pyrotechnics must comply with this Division.

Marginal note:Storage

  •  (1) A seller must store their special effect pyrotechnics in the magazine specified in their licence.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2018-231, s. 34]

  • SOR/2018-231, s. 34

Marginal note:No display for sale

 A seller must not display special effect pyrotechnics for sale.

Marginal note:Transfer of powder

 A seller must not transfer propellant powder from one container to another for the purpose of sale unless their licence authorizes them to do so.

Sale

Marginal note:Certificate required

  •  (1) A seller may sell special effect pyrotechnics only to a buyer who holds the fireworks operator certificate that is required for use of the pyrotechnics that are to be bought.

  • Marginal note:Licence and certificate required

    (2) A seller may sell initiation systems or detonating cord only to a buyer who holds a licence and a fireworks operator certificate (special effects pyrotechnician — detonating cord).

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (3) Despite subsection 1, a seller may sell flash cotton, flash paper, flash string, sparkle string or propellant powder to a buyer who holds neither a licence nor a fireworks operator certificate.

  • Marginal note:Licence required

    (4) A seller may sell special effect pyrotechnics to a buyer who is not a user only if the buyer holds a licence.

Marginal note:Maximum quantity — licensed buyer

  •  (1) A seller must not sell more special effect pyrotechnics to a licensed buyer than the buyer is authorized by their licence to store.

  • Marginal note:Maximum quantity — unlicensed buyer

    (2) A seller must not sell more special effect pyrotechnics to an unlicensed buyer than the buyer is authorized by this Part to store.

Marginal note:Identification

  •  (1) Before selling special effect pyrotechnics, the seller must require the buyer to establish their identity by showing either

    • (a) a piece of identification, issued by the Government of Canada or a provincial, municipal or foreign government, that bears a photograph of the user; or

    • (b) two pieces of identification, each of which sets out the buyer’s name, at least one of which is issued by the Government of Canada or a provincial, municipal or foreign government and at least one of which sets out the buyer’s address.

  • Marginal note:Comparison

    (2) If the buyer provides a piece of identification that bears a photograph, the seller must, before selling the special effect pyrotechnics, ensure that the photograph is that of the buyer.

Marginal note:Record of sale

 A seller must keep a record of every sale of special effect pyrotechnics for two years after the date of the sale. The record must include the following information:

  • (a) the buyer’s name and address;

  • (b) if applicable, the number and expiry date of the buyer’s licence and, if applicable, the number and expiry date of the buyer’s fireworks operator certificate;

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

  • (d) the quantity of special effect pyrotechnics sold under each product name;

  • (e) a short description of the effects of any Footnote *explosive article sold;

  • (f) the size of the container in which any propellant powder was sold; and

  • (g) the date of the sale.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 39
  • SOR/2018-231, ss. 44(F), 45(E)

DIVISION 2Rules for Users and Other Acquirers

SUBDIVISION aUsers without a Licence or Certificate

Flash Cotton, Flash Paper, Flash String and Sparkle String

Marginal note:Acquisition

 A user who holds neither a fireworks operator certificate nor a licence may acquire, store and use flash cotton, flash paper, flash string and sparkle string.

Marginal note:Storage

 A user who acquires flash cotton, flash paper, flash string or sparkle string must store it in a dwelling or a Footnote *storage unit and ensure that the requirements of sections 374, 382 and 383 are met.

Marginal note:Maximum quantity

 No more than 200 g of flash cotton, 1 kg of flash paper, 200 g of flash string and 200 g of sparkle string may be stored at any one time.

Percussion Caps and Propellant Powder Used in Historical Re-enactments

Marginal note:Acquisition

  •  (1) A user who holds neither a fireworks operator certificate nor a licence may acquire, store and use percussion caps and propellant powder, if the caps and powder are acquired for use in original or reproduction firearms in an historical re-enactment.

  • Marginal note:Requirements for use

    (2) A user who acquires percussion caps and propellant powder for an historical re-enactment

    • (a) must have the written approval of the Footnote *local authority to hold the re-enactment or must be under the supervision of a person who has that approval; and

    • (b) must have experience in the safe use of explosives in historical re-enactments, have completed a course on this use certified by the Minister or be under the supervision of a person who has that experience or has completed such a course.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 38
 
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