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It makes it illegal to use (or conspire or intend to use) any explosive substance to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, whether or not any explosion actually takes place.
Regulation 26 requires anyone manufacturing or storing explosives to take appropriate measures:
- to prevent fire or explosions;
- to limit the extent of fire or explosion, including measures to prevent the spreading of fires and the communication of explosions from one location to another; and
- to protect people from the effects of fire or explosion. Regulation 27 requires people storing explosives to maintain separation distances, identifies the circumstances in which separation distances do not need to be applied, and identifies how separation distances are applied to certain sites which are granted a licence by HSE or the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
Regulation 28 requires anyone discarding or disposing of explosives, or who is decontaminating explosives-contaminated items, to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that they are undertaking those activities safely.
Regulation 29 prohibits the manufacture and storage and import of pyrotechnics containing sulphur and/or phosphorus mixed with chlorates without the approval of HSE
.Regulation 13 relates mainly to the grant of licences, but also includes safety provisions. It allows: HSE and ONR to prescribe separation distances at most of the sites they license as an alternative to the 'fixed rules' approach required by regulation 27.HSE and ONR should prescribe certain activities that will be subject to the provisions of the licence at most of the sites they license, to take account of potential interactions between those activities and the manufacture and/or storage of explosives that takes place at that site; and all licensing authorities should reinforce the requirements of regulation 26 as they relate to the sale of pyrotechnic articles at a site which is licensed for the storage of explosives.
Exemptions can be found at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1638/regulation/3/made
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