Substances that have Explosive Properties

The acquisition, manufacturing or storage of explosive substances are prohibited except in accordance with an Explosives Certificate and Licence or Registration. The certificate, issued by the Chief Police Officer, certifies that the occupier of premises is a fit person to acquire/keep specified explosives at the premises.

A licence is required to manufacture explosives.

A licence or registration is required for the storage of explosives.

These and other requirements are contained in The Control of Explosives Regulations 1991 (SI 1991/1531) and The Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/1082). The 2005 Regulations amend the 1991 regulations, in particular, definitions of "explosive" and terms including the word "explosive". For example, the meaning of "explosive" in the regulations includes "desensitised explosive". Thus, some laboratory chemicals are now subject to explosives legislation.

Substances subject to the Explosive regulations and exceptions -list (PDF 22KB)

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