Explosives Regulations, 2013 (SOR/2013-211)

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

PART 18Display Fireworks (continued)

DIVISION 1Display Fireworks (continued)

SUBDIVISION cSupervision of a Fireworks Display (continued)

Marginal note:Fire prevention and first aid

 During the fireworks display, 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:Firing procedures

  •  (1) Fireworks must be positioned and aimed so that after firing they will not cross over or burst directly above the spectators and any debris from the fireworks will fall within the fallout zone.

  • Marginal note:Aerial shells

    (2) When aerial shells are fired,

    • (a) the mortars and mortar racks that are used to fire the shells must be robust, in sound condition and otherwise safe and effective;

    • (b) the mortars and mortar racks must be assembled, arranged and secured in a manner that minimizes the likelihood of harm to people and property if there is a premature explosion of a shell;

    • (c) any support structures must be secured so that they do not fall over when a shell is fired; and

    • (d) multi-break shells in racks, report shells and shells with a diameter of more than 155 mm must be fired with electric matches.

  • Marginal note:Access to firing unit

    (3) Only the display supervisor in charge, or a person designated by the display supervisor in charge, may have access to a firing unit.

  • Marginal note:Physical keying device

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

  • Marginal note:Safety interlock

    (5) All firing units must be equipped with a safety interlock that has at least two steps.

  • Marginal note:Extraneous electricity

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

  • 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 fireworks are to be fired. The circuit continuity tester must be current-limited and intrinsically safe so as to eliminate any possibility of an ignition.

  • Marginal note:Damaged fireworks

    (8) Fireworks that are damaged, leaking, damp or contaminated must not be used.

  • Marginal note:No firing

    (9) Fireworks must not be fired if a circumstance occurs that could increase the likelihood of harm to people or property.

  • Marginal note:Postponing or stopping display

    (10) A fireworks display must be postponed or stopped if unfavourable weather conditions develop, a firework malfunctions or any other circumstance occurs that could increase the likelihood of harm to people or property.

Marginal note:Firing unit disconnected

  •  (1) The firing unit must be disconnected immediately after the fireworks display as well as during a pause in the display 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 display supervisor in charge or a person designated by the display supervisor in charge.

  • Marginal note:Electrical firing

    (2) The firing site must not be approached until 30 minutes after the display has ended if any fireworks used in the display were fired with an electric match.

  • Marginal note:Manual firing

    (3) Misfired fireworks must not be approached until 30 minutes after the display has ended if the fireworks used in the display were manually fired.

  • Marginal note:Precautions

    (4) Precautions must be taken that minimize the likelihood of harm to people and property from misfired fireworks.

  • Marginal note:Search

    (5) As soon as the circumstances permit after the periods referred to in subsections (2) and (3), the fallout zone must be searched and all Footnote *explosives must be removed.

  • Marginal note:Access

    (6) After the display, only people designated to do a search by the display supervisor in charge may enter or be in the fallout zone until the display supervisor in charge declares the zone to be free of explosives.

  • Marginal note:Second search

    (7) The fallout zone must be searched more thoroughly as soon as light and weather conditions permit.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 36(E).

Marginal note:Record of use

 A record of the display must be made in a logbook that sets out the name of the display supervisor 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 display. The record must include the following information and documents:

  • (a) a copy of the fireworks display plan prepared for the display;

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

  • (c) the name and address of every person who worked at the display under the supervision of the display supervisor 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 fireworks display is held on behalf of a licence holder, the licence holder must keep a record of the display for two years after the date of the display. The record must include the following information and documents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 39.

DIVISION 2Firecrackers

SUBDIVISION aRules for Sellers

Marginal note:Sale

 A seller may sell firecrackers to a buyer who provides the seller with a copy of their firecracker use certificate. However, the quantity of firecrackers sold must not exceed the quantity that the buyer is authorized by their certificate to use.

Marginal note:Record of sale

 A seller must keep a record of every sale of firecrackers for two years after the date of the sale. The record must include the following information and documents:

  • (a) the buyer’s name and address;

  • (b) a copy of the buyer’s firecracker use certificate;

  • (c) the quantity of firecrackers sold; and

  • (d) the date of the sale.

Marginal note:Unused or misfired firecrackers

 A seller must accept any unused or misfired firecrackers that are returned.

SUBDIVISION bRules for Users

Firecracker Use Certificate

Marginal note:Certificate

 To obtain a firecracker use certificate, a person must demonstrate to the Minister that they are able to safely use firecrackers and that precautions will be taken that minimize the likelihood of harm to people and property resulting from their use.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 38.
 
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