Fireworks Storage and Security

Fireworks when stored under certain damp conditions are subject to a chemical reaction and can become dangerous.

Please remember to always store them in a dry place and instruct your dealers and customers to do likewise. Your dealers should be requested to caution customers to use and handle fireworks with care as well and to follow directions.

Points to consider for storage

  • Explosives containers must not be placed directly against an interior wall for ventilation reasons.
  • Explosives containers must be stored so that identifying marks are visible and easy to read.
  • Tools for opening and closing containers must be nonsparking
  • Smoking, matches, open flames, and spark-producing devices are not permitted in any room containing fireworks

Points to consider for security

  • Limit access to explosives storage sites to essential personnel to limit the exposure to theft or tampering.
  • Consider installing fences, floodlights, alarms, security cameras, locked gates, or other security devices at the site to better monitor the location. Post alarm-monitoring signs in highly visible places to deter unauthorized access.
  • Contact your local law enforcement agency and establish a rapport with the officers who routinely patrol your area. Familiarize them with your business hours so that they can alert you when people are present during off hours.
  • Your employees are essential to securing your explosives. Train them to recognize what constitutes a suspicious customer or an unusual transaction, and to respond to thefts, losses, or emergencies involving explosive materials.
  • Other agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or other State agencies may have additional rules and requirements for securing storage sites. Contact these agencies for information on their requirements.

For more information please visit the ATF website.

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