Explosives Regulations, 2013 (SOR/2013-211)

Regulations are current to 2018-09-26 and last amended on 2016-04-15. Previous Versions

PART 17Special Effect Pyrotechnics (continued)

DIVISION 2Rules for Users and Other Acquirers (continued)

SUBDIVISION cUsers with a Certificate (continued)

Marginal note:Detached storage unit

 The maximum quantity of propellant powder that a user may store at any one time in a Footnote *storage unit that is not attached to a dwelling, whether in a single unit or in several, is 75 kg.

Marginal note:Storage requirements — dwelling

  •  (1) When special effects pyrotechnics are stored in a dwelling, they must be stored away from flammable substances and sources of ignition, in a manner that protects the pyrotechnics from theft and ensures that access to them is limited to people authorized by the user.

  • Marginal note:Storage requirements — storage unit

    (2) When special effect pyrotechnics 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 special effect pyrotechnics may be stored in the storage unit;

    • (g) propellant powder, firework accessories and other special effect pyrotechnics must be stored separately from one another (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.

Marginal note:Storage — site of use

  •  (1) Despite sections 393 to 397, a pyrotechnician in charge of a pyrotechnic event may store up to 5 kg of special effect pyrotechnics in a Footnote *storage unit at the site of use if they comply with this section.

  • Marginal note:Maximum quantity

    (2) Of the 5 kg of special effect pyrotechnics that may be stored in the storage unit, no more than 3 kg may be propellant powder.

  • Marginal note:Storage requirements — storage unit

    (3) The storage unit must be made from, or lined with, a non-sparking material, marked with the words “Pyrotechnics/Pièces pyrotechniques” and kept locked, away from flammable substances and sources of ignition in an area that is not accessible to the public. Nothing other than special effects pyrotechnics may be stored in the storage unit.

  • Marginal note:Storage — in magazine

    (4) Special effect pyrotechnics that are not stored in a locked storage unit must be stored in a magazine.

  • Marginal note:Pyrotechnics to be attended

    (5) Special effect pyrotechnics must be Footnote *attended when they are not in a storage unit or a magazine.

Use

Marginal note:Pyrotechnician and visitor pyrotechnician

 A user who holds a fireworks operator certificate (pyrotechnician) or a fireworks operator certificate (visitor pyrotechnician) may use the following explosives:

  • (a) explosives that are classified as type F.3 and whose use by pyrotechnicians or visitor pyrotechnicians has been authorized by the Chief Inspector of Explosives under section 32 or 33 as well as all fireworks accessories;

  • (b) smokeless powder;

  • (c) explosives classified as type F.3, other than those referred to in paragraph (a), and black powder, but only under the direct supervision of a senior pyrotechnician or special effects pyrotechnician;

  • (d) special purpose pyrotechnics, but only under the direct supervision of a special effects pyrotechnician; and

  • (e) initiation systems and detonating cord, but only under the direct supervision of a special effects pyrotechnician who holds a fireworks operating certificate (special effects pyrotechnician — detonating cord).

Marginal note:Senior pyrotechnician

 A user who holds a fireworks operator certificate (senior pyrotechnician) may use the following explosives:

  • (a) explosives classified as type F.3, fireworks accessories, black powder and smokeless powder;

  • (b) special purpose pyrotechnics, but only under the direct supervision of a special effects pyrotechnician; and

  • (c) initiation systems and detonating cords, but only under the direct supervision of a special effects pyrotechnician who holds a fireworks operating certificate (special effects pyrotechnician — detonating cord).

Marginal note:Special effects pyrotechnician

  •  (1) A user who holds a fireworks operator certificate (special effects pyrotechnician) may

    • (a) assemble at the site of use and use special purpose pyrotechnics, explosives classified as type F.3, fireworks accessories, black powder and smokeless powder; and

    • (b) use initiation systems and detonating cords, but only under the direct supervision of a special effects pyrotechnician who holds a fireworks operating certificate (special effects pyrotechnician — detonating cord).

  • Marginal note:Special effects pyrotechnician — detonating cord

    (2) A user who holds a fireworks operator certificate (special effects pyrotechnician — detonating cord) may

    • (a) assemble at the site of use and use special purpose pyrotechnics, explosives classified as type F.3, fireworks accessories, black powder and smokeless powder; and

    • (b) use initiation systems and detonating cords.

Supervision of a Pyrotechnic Event

Marginal note:Pyrotechnician in charge

  •  (1) Every organizer of a pyrotechnic event must ensure that the event is supervised by a pyrotechnician in charge.

  • Marginal note:Responsibilities

    (2) The pyrotechnician in charge must ensure that the event is carried out safely and that the requirements of sections 403 to 408 are complied with.

Marginal note:Plan

  •  (1) A pyrotechnic event plan must be prepared in writing and kept for two years after the date of the pyrotechnic event. The plan must include the following information:

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

    • (b) a description of the site of the event, including the placement of the special effect pyrotechnics, the proximity of the audience and the location of every exit, every storage area for the pyrotechnics and every smoke detector that may be triggered by the pyrotechnics used in the event;

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

    • (d) a description of each special effect pyrotechnic;

    • (e) the anticipated height, duration and fallout effect of the effects of each special effect pyrotechnic;

    • (f) a description of the anticipated effects of each special purpose pyrotechnic;

    • (g) the method and sequence of firing the special effect pyrotechnics; and

    • (h) an assessment of the likelihood of harm to people or property resulting from the use of the special effect pyrotechnics.

  • Marginal note:Approval

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

  • Marginal note:Safety meetings

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

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 39.
 
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