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What type of explosives licenses are available?
May a same-sex spouse of a deceased licensee (including a Special (Occupational) Taxpayer) carry on the licensed firearms (or explosives) business for the remainder of the term of the license?
When marking imported fireworks, do I have to mark each individual display shell that is imported?
What types of fireworks require an ATF license or permit in order to be lawfully transported or received?
What areas of a fireworks manufacturing plant are considered to be “fireworks process buildings?”
Under what conditions may I temporarily store display fireworks (including low explosives for choreographed shows) on trucks?
We hold an explosives importer license under which we import display fireworks for our company’s displays. Do we have to mark imported display fireworks if we only use the fireworks for company display shows?
Must partially assembled display fireworks be removed from a drying building for overnight storage?
I store display fireworks cakes and roman candles that contain only salutes. Are these cakes and candles considered bulk salutes requiring storage in a high explosives (Type-1 or Type-2) magazine?
I am a licensed importer of display fireworks. In which explosives records am I required to record the date and shift of manufacture?
How must display fireworks be stored?
Are “display fireworks” considered to be explosive materials subject to regulation under Federal explosives laws and regulations?
Are “consumer fireworks” subject to regulation under the Federal explosives laws?
Are “Articles Pyrotechnic” subject to the requirements of the Federal explosives regulations?
Am I required to mark all of my imported display fireworks that I intend to sell or distribute?
Recordkeeping Requirements - Explosives
When must ATF Form 5400.4, “Limited Permittee Transaction Report (LPTR)”, be executed and how long must they be maintained?
When and where must a licensee or permittee maintain a daily summary of magazine transactions (DSMT)?
May I keep computerized records?
Is there a requirement for licensees and permittees to make an annual inventory of explosive materials on hand?
How do licensees and permittees account for explosive quantities in their records?
How do I account for packaged fireworks display shows in the daily summary of magazine transactions (DSMT)?
How can I obtain additional copies of ATF forms?
Does a purchaser of black powder have to sign any forms at the time of purchase?
Does a licensee or permittee have to keep records of the acquisition, distribution and storage of explosive materials?
Do I have to send my computer records to the Out-of-Business Records Center when I discontinue my business?
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