ATF

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

FY-
03-07
Contact: Gary M. Comerford

202-927-8500

For
Immediate Release
www.atf.gov

April 3, 2003

PROFESSIONAL
FIREWORK DISPLAYS AND SHOWS TO REQUIRE PERMITS FROM ATF
Requirements
Are Part of the Safe Explosives Act

WASHINGTON
- Civic groups, organizations and other private parties planning to
acquire Class 1.3 display fireworks for their July 4 celebrations will
require a permit under provisions of the new Safe Explosives Act, the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said today.

The
requirement takes effect May 24, 2003, but since ATF has 90 days under
the law to approve applications, people and organizations requiring
a permit should apply as early as possible. Class 1.3 display fireworks
are those used in professional fireworks shows and displays. Before
the Safe Explosives Act, ATF did not require a permit to acquire and
use Class 1.3 fireworks within the same state.

The
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) established the classification
of hazardous materials, which includes Class 1 explosives, for transportation
purposes. The 1.3 display fireworks are part of the Class 1 category.

The
public should know that consumer fireworks, such as firecrackers, sparklers,
bottle rockets and similar small fireworks, are not subject to the provisions
of the Safe Explosives Act and remain exempt from ATF requirements.
Consumer fireworks, rated as Class 1.4 by DOT and previously known as
Class C fireworks, still may be subject to Federal, state and local
laws and regulations.

Cities,
towns or other political subdivisions are exempt from the ATF permit
requirements. However, all persons, including cities, towns and other
political subdivisions, must store Class 1.3 display fireworks in accordance
with the requirements contained in Subpart
K-Storage, Part 555.201-217
, in ATF Federal Explosives Regulations.
The regulations are titled Commerce in Explosives, ATF
Explosive Regulations, 27 CFR, Part 555
(previously known as Part
55).

The
ATF Federal Explosives Law and Regulations are contained in ATF P 5400.7,
which is located on the ATF Web Site at www.atf.gov.

In
order to obtain a Federal explosives license/permit (FEL), contact the
National Explosives
Licensing Center (NELC)
at (404) 417-2750. You may also contact
the NELC via e-mail at NLClicenseapplication@atf.gov.
The e-mail should contain "Request for Application Package"
in the subject line.

The
NELC will provide all applicable forms and instructions necessary to
persons and organizations desiring a permit. The responsible persons
on an application must furnish a photograph and a fingerprint card completed
by a Federal, state or local law enforcement agency as part of their
application. ATF has 90 days under the Safe Explosives Act to process
an application.

A one-time
use interstate permit costs $75. A limited permit, which allows six
purchases a year within the same state, costs $25, and a full, three-year
interstate permit is $100.

Any
other questions regarding the acquisition of Class 1.3 display fireworks
should be referred to ATF's Public Safety Branch at (202) 927-2310.


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