Chapter 16:06 - Explosives

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EXPLOSIVES ACT
CHAPTER 16:06
Act
10 of 1889
Amended by
12 of 1944 26 of 1954 7
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1972
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Note
on
Subsidiary Legislation
Page
Storage Magazine (Explosives) Order 31
(O. in C. 8/10/1936, 34/1941, 45/1941)
Explosives Regulations 32
(Reg. 31/10/1905, 2/10/1907, 21/1947, 12/1948)
Explosives (Sale, Purchase and Possession) Regulations 52
(Reg. 17/1954)
Fireworks Order 56
(O. 46/1957)

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CHAPTER 16:06
EXPLOSIVES ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION
1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Manufacture of explosives prohibited.
MAGAZINES
4. Magazines.
5. Management of magazine.
6. General rules for magazine.
7. Special rules for conduct of persons employed at magazine.
STORAGE
8. Storage of explosive imported into Guyana.
IMPORTATION OF EXPORTATION
9. Prohibition of importation of explosive.
10. Restriction of right to import.
11. Regulations as to importation, exportation, transhipment, and
conveyance of explosive.
12. Prohibition of possession of explosives exceeding certain specified
quantities.
13. Regulations as to sale, purchase and possession of explosives.
SALE
14. Georgetown and New Amsterdam prohibited areas.
15. Restriction of right to sell.
16. Regulation of sale by wholesale.
17. Regulation of sale by retail.
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SECTION
18. Application.
19. General provisions relating to licences.
20. Sale of explosive on unlicensed premises.
21. (1). Unlawfully selling explosive.
(2). No sale of explosive to child.
22. Packing explosive for sale.
REMOVAL OF EXPLOSIVE
23. Removal generally.
24. Removal of quantity exceeding five pounds.
25. Application for permit to remove.
26. Particulars of permit.
27. General rules as to mode of removal.
28. Removal of explosives partly by land and partly by water.
SPECIALLY DANGEROUS EXPLOSIVES
29. (1) Prohibition of manufacture of specially dangerous explosive.
(2) Contravention of order as to manufacture of explosive.
(3) Contravention of order as to keeping of explosive.
30. Contravention of order as to importation or sale of explosive.
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
31. (1) Search warrant.
(2) Penalty for obstructing search.
32. Seizure and detention of explosive liable to forfeiture.
33. (1) Entry for inspection of means of conveyance of explosive.
(4) Penalty for obstructing officer.
34. Payment for sample of explosive taken.
35. Apprehension without warrant.
36. Unconditional imprisonment in certain cases.
37. Protection in certain cases of carrier and of owner and master of ship.
38. Exemption of certain explosives.
39. Protection of person acting under the Act.
40. Procedure and appeal.
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1929 Ed.
c. 74
1953 Ed.
c. 346 _______________________________________________________
10 of 1889 An Act to regulate the Importation, Storage, Carriage, and
Sale of Gunpowder and other Explosive
Substances.
[1ST JANUARY, 1890]
Short title.

Interpretation.
[26 of 1954]
1. This Act may be cited as the Explosives Act.
2. In this Act—
“boat” means every vessel, not being a ship used in
navigation in any inland water or any harbour,
whether propelled by oars or otherwise;
“carriage” includes any wagon, cart, truck, barrow, dray,
vehicles, or other receptacle used or intended to be
used for conveying passengers or goods by land;
“explosive” means gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, dynamite, gun
cotton, blasting powder, fulminate of mercury or of
other metal and every other substance whether similar to
those above-mentioned or not, used or manufactured
with a view to producing a practical effect by explosion,
or a pyrotechnic effect; and includes fuses, detonators
and any adaptation or preparation of an explosive as
herein defined but does not include safety cartridges;
“magazine” means a magazine duly appointed under this
Act;
“permit” means a permit granted under this Act;
“safety cartridges” means cartridges for small arms of which
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Manufacture of
explosives
prohibited.
[7 of 1966B
4 of 1972
6 of 1997]
Magazines.
[7 of 1966B]

Management of
magazine.
[7 of 1966B]
the case can be extracted from the small arm after firing,
and which are so closed as to prevent any explosion
in one cartridge being communicated to the other
cartridges;
“ship” includes every description of vessel used in sea
navigation, whether propelled by oars or otherwise;
“superintendent of police” includes the Commissioner of
Police, in this Act referred to as the Commissioner;
“wholesale dealer” and “retail dealer” respectively mean a
licensed wholesale dealer and a licensed retail dealer in
explosives.
3. No one shall without the written permission of the
Minister manufacture or cause to be manufactured any
gunpowder or other explosives within the limits of Guyana,
and anyone who does so shall be liable to a fine of ninety-
seven thousand five hundred dollars and to imprisonment for
six months.
MAGAZINES
4. (l) The Minister may from time to time order any
place or ship at, in, or near the City of Georgetown, or the town
of New Amsterdam, and any other where in Guyana to be a
magazine for the storage of explosive.
(2) The order shall, unless the magazine is a floating
magazine, define the land forming the site of the magazine;
and the land so defined, with every building thereon, for
whatever purpose that building is used or intended to be
used, shall be deemed to constitute a magazine.
5. Each magazine shall be under the charge of an
officer designated by the Minister for that purpose.

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General rules
for magazine.
[6 of 1997]
6. (1) In every magazine the following general
rules shall be observed:
(a) every building in which explosive is
kept shall be used only for the
keeping of explosive and receptacles
for all tools or implements for work
connected with the keeping of the
explosive;
(b) the interior of the building and all
benches, shelves, and fittings therein,
other than machinery, shall be
so constructed, or so lined or
covered, as to prevent the exposure
of any iron or steel, and the detaching
of any grit, iron, steel, or similar
substance, in such a manner, as to come
into contact with the explosive, and
the interior benches, shelves, and
fittings shall be kept free from
grit and otherwise clean;
(c) no repairs shall be done to or in any
part of the building, except in
accordance with the directions of the
Minister;
(d) all tools and implements used in any
repairs to or in the building shall be
made only of wood, copper, or brass,
or some soft metal or material, or
shall be covered with some safe and
suitable material;
(e) everyone entering the building
shall wear clothes without pockets,
and shoes (if any) without any iron or
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steel therein, and no person shall
introduce into the building any lucifer
matches or any artificial light
(except luminous surfaces incapable
of producing ignition), or any
substance or article likely to cause
explosion or fire, or any grit, iron, or
steel;
(f) no one shall smoke in any part of a
magazine;
(g) any carriage in which explosive is
conveyed to or from a magazine shall
be constructed without any exposed
iron or steel in the interior thereof,
and shall contain only the
explosive, and shall be closed or
otherwise properly covered over; and
the explosive shall be so conveyed
with all due diligence, and with such
precautions, and in such a manner as
will sufficiently guard against any
accidental ignition; and
(h) no one under the age of sixteen years
shall be employed in or enter any
building containing explosives, except
in the presence and under the
supervision of some competent older
person.
(2) The Minister may from time to time by
regulations make any modifications in the foregoing
general rules appearing to him necessary for adapting
them to any floating magazine, and those modifications
shall have effect as if they were contained in this section.

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Special rules
for conduct of
persons
employed at
magazine.
[7 of 1966B
6 of 1997]
Storage of
explosive
imported into
Guyana.
(3) Everyone who, by any act or default, commits
a breach of any of the foregoing general rules or of any
regulation made by the Minister as aforesaid, shall be liable to
a fine of nineteen thousand five hundred dollars; and,
moreover, where the breach was not committed by the
person having the charge of the magazine, that person
shall, nevertheless, be liable to a fine of nine thousand seven
hundred and fifty dollars in respect of the breach, unless he
proves to the satisfaction of the magistrate by whom the case
is heard that the breach happened without any negligence or
failure in duty on his part.
7. (1) The officer in charge of any magazine may
from time to time, with the sanction of the Minister, make
special rules regulating the conduct of the persons employed
in or about the magazine, in order to secure the observance
therein of the provisions of this Act, and the safety and
proper discipline of those persons and the safety of the
public.
(2) There may be annexed to any breach of any
special rule made in pursuance of this section any penalty
not exceeding one thousand nine hundred and fifty dollars
as may be deemed just.
STORAGE
8. (1) Any explosive lawfully imported into Guyana
shall be taken to a magazine and there stored.
(2) There shall be payable in respect of the explosive
the storage rent fixed by any Tax Act for the time being in
force, which shall be paid on or before the last day of every
year, or, if any of the explosive is removed or sold during the
year, at the time of that removal or sale, and no explosive shall
be removed until all rent and other charges due in respect
thereof have been paid.

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Prohibition of
importation of
explosive.
[7 of 1966B]

Restriction of
right to import.
[12 of 1944
7 of 1966B
6 of 1997]

Regulations as
to importation
exportation,
transhipment,
(3) Where a year’s rent in respect of any explosive
is in arrear and unpaid, the explosive may be sold by the
officer having the charge of the magazine in the manner and
subject to the conditions he thinks fit.
(4) Out of the purchase money arising from the sale
the officer shall, in the first place, pay the charges and
expenses of and incident thereto, and, in the next place, all rent
due in respect of the explosive up to the time of sale, and the
surplus, if any, he shall pay to the owner of the explosive on
demand, if demand is made at any time during the day of sale,
but if demand is not so made he shall pay the surplus to the
Accountant General who shall hold it in trust for the
owner, his executors, administrators, or assigns:
Provided that, at the expiration of two years from the
time of sale the surplus, if not applied for by some person
or persons lawfully entitled thereto, shall be forfeited to the
State for the public use, and the rights of all other persons
therein or thereto shall be extinguished.
IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION
9. The importation or exportation of explosive may at
any time be prohibited by order of the Minister.
10. (1) No person except a wholesale dealer or a person
authorised in that behalf by the Minister shall import
explosive into Guyana.
(2) Everyone who contravenes this section shall be
liable to a fine of ninety-seven thousand five hundred dollars.
11. (1) Subject to negative resolution of the National
Assembly, the Minister may from time to time make
regulations as to—

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explosive.
[6 of 1997]

(a) the having or keeping, and the
unloading and conveyance within
the waters of Guyana, of explosive;
and
(b) as to the landing of explosive and
the subsequent conveyance thereof to
a magazine; and
(c) as to the conveyance of explosive for
exportation from a magazine to any
wharf or shipping place, and the
subsequent conveyance and loading
thereof within the waters of Guyana;
and
(d) as to the transhipping of explosive
within those waters; and in particular,
regulations declaring or regulating all
or any of the following matters, that is
to say—
(i) determining the notice or
warning to be given by ships
and boats having on board,
or conveying, loading, or
unloading, explosive;
(ii) regulating the navigation and
place of mooring of those
ships and boats;
(iii) regulating in cases where the
general rules with respect to
packing contained in this Act
are applicable, subject to those
Rules, the mode of stowing and
keeping explosive on board
and
conveyance
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any of those ships or boats,
and of giving notice, by brands,
labels or otherwise, of the
nature of the packages
containing the explosive;
(iv) regulating the description,
construction, fitting up, and
licensing of the ships, boats, or
carriages to be used for the
conveyance of explosive and
the licensing and dress of the
persons having charge thereof;
(v) prohibiting, or subjecting to
conditions and restrictions,
the keeping or conveyance of
explosive with any other
articles or substances, or in
passenger ships, boats, or
carriages;
(vi) fixing the places and times at
which explosive is to be loaded
or unloaded, and the
quantity to be loaded or
unloaded or conveyed at one
time in one ship, boat, or
carriage;
(vii) regulating the mode of and the
precautions to be observed in
conveying any explosive, and in
the loading or unloading any
ship, boat, or carriage
conveying explosive, and the
time during which explosive
may be kept during its
conveyance, loading or
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unloading;
(viii) fixing the times at which lights
or fires are to be allowed or
not allowed on board the ships
or boats before mentioned, or at
which a police constable or
other officer, if any, is to be on
board of them;
(ix) providing for the publication
and supply of copies of the
regulations made under this
Act;
(x) for enforcing generally the
observance of the provisions
of this Act; and
(xi) generally, for protecting,
whether by means similar to
those above mentioned or not,
persons and property from
danger from explosives.
(2) The penalties to be annexed to any breach or
attempt to commit any breach of any of the regulations may
be all or any of the following penalties, and may be
imposed on the persons, and graduated in the manner,
deemed just according to the gravity of the offence, and
according as it may be a first, or second, or other
subsequent offence, that is to say, pecuniary penalties not
exceeding nineteen thousand five hundred dollars for each
offence and four thousand eight hundred and seventy-five
dollars for each day during which the offence continues, and
forfeiture of all or any part of the explosive in respect of
which, or found in the ship, boat, or carriage in respect of
which, the breach of regulation has taken place.

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Prohibition of
possession of
exceeding
certain
specified
quantities.
[26 of 1954
7 of 1966B
6 of 1997]
(3) In the event of any breach of a regulation under
this section in the case of any ship, boat, carriage, or explosive,
whether there has or has not been any conviction for that
breach, the Harbour Master or other officer or person named
in the regulations, or any person acting under the orders of
the Harbour Master, or that officer or person, may cause the
ship, boat, carriage or explosive to be removed, at the
expense of the owner thereof, to the place, or otherwise dealt
with in the manner, conforming to the regulations; and all
expenses incurred in the removal may be recovered in the
same manner as a penalty under this section.
(4) Everyone who resists the Harbour Master,
officer, or person in the removal shall be liable to the same
penalties as for obstructing a police constable in the execution
of his duty.
12. (1) Except explosive in the course of removal
under and according to a permit, there shall not be had in
his possession or custody for any purpose whatsoever—
(a) by a wholesale dealer more than one
hundred and fifty pounds of
explosive;
(b) by a retail dealer any explosive other
than not more than twenty-five
pounds of gun-powder.
(2) This section shall not apply to explosive—
(a) in any ship or magazine, or in the
course of conveyance according to
regulations made under this Act from
or to any ship, wharf, landing-place,
or shipping-place; or
(b) kept or used for mining or quarrying
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Regulations as
to sale,
purchase and
possession of
explosives.
[26 of 1954
4 of 1972
6 of 1997]

Georgetown
and New
Amsterdem
prohibited
areas.
[7 of 1966B
6 of 1997]
purposes under a special permit from
a government officer acting under the
mining regulations or the State lands
regulations for the time being in force;
or
(c) kept in any place situate not less than
fifty miles from the sea-coast and
stored in a building approved by
the Minister.
(3) Everyone who contravenes the provisions of
this section, shall, on conviction thereof, be liable to a penalty
not exceeding forty- eight thousand seven hundred and fifty
dollars.
13. (1) The Minister may make regulations for
regulating or prohibiting the sale, purchase, acquisition and
possession of explosives.
(2) There may be annexed for the breach of
any of the Regulations made under this section a fine not
exceeding ninety-seven thousand five hundred dollars, or
imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, and
any explosive in respect of which such breach has taken
place shall be forfeited.
SALE
14. (1) No explosives shall be kept for sale, or shall be
stored for any purpose, within the limits of the City of
Georgetown or the town of New Amsterdam.
(2) No explosive shall be sold within the City of
Georgetown or the Town of New Amsterdam for delivery
within the City or town, but every sale of explosive shall be
made by order upon the officer in charge of a government
magazine, specially appointed by the Minister for the purpose,
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Restriction of
right to sell.
[6 of 1997]

Regulation of
sale by
wholesale.
[6 of 1997]

Regulation of
sale by retail.
[6 of 1997]
for delivery outside the limits of the City or town.
(3) Anyone who contravenes this section shall be
liable to a fine of ninety-seven thousand five hundred dollars
and to imprisonment for six months.
15. (1) No one other than a wholesale or retail
dealer shall sell explosive or offer or expose it for sale.
(2) Everyone who contravenes this section shall be
liable to a fine of nineteen thousand five hundred dollars.
16. (1) Everyone who desires to sell explosive by
wholesale shall take out a licence for that purpose.
(2) That licence shall not be issued unless the
Commissioner certifies in writing that there is on the premises
in respect of which the application for the licence is made a
sufficient fire-proof vault or other secure place capable of
safely storing one hundred and fifty pounds of explosive, and
having the word “explosive” painted or otherwise legibly
marked on the door thereof.
(3) Every wholesale dealer shall keep all
explosive on his premises, not being explosive in respect of
which he holds a retail licence, in that vault or other place.
(4) A wholesale dealer shall not sell explosive in
any less quantity than twenty-five pounds.
(5) Everyone who contravenes this section shall be
liable to a fine of forty-eight thousand seven hundred and
fifty dollars.
17. (1) Everyone who desires to sell explosive by
retail shall take out a licence for that purpose.
(2) That licence shall not be issued unless the
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Application.

General
provisions
relating to
licence.

Sale of
explosive on
unlicensed
premises.
[6 of 1997]
Commissioner certifies in writing that the applicant for it has
provided himself with a strong and suitable metal case, lined
with wood, capable of containing twenty-five pounds of
explosive, furnished with a lock and key and with handles
for convenience of removal, and having the word “explosive”
painted or otherwise legibly marked thereon.
(3) A retail dealer shall not sell explosive at any one
time in any greater quantity than twenty-five pounds.
(4) Every retail dealer shall affix in some
conspicuous place on the front part of his licensed premises a
board whereon shall be painted or otherwise legibly marked
his name, the number of his licence, and the words “Licensed
Retailer of Explosives.”
(5) Everyone who contravenes this section shall be
liable to a fine of nineteen thousand five hundred dollars.
18. Section 15(2) and (3) and section 16(2) and (4) shall
not apply to wholesale and retail licences for Georgetown and
New Amsterdam.
19. (1) Every licence issued under this Act shall be
issued and signed by the Commissioner, and shall be in the
form and contain the particulars the Commissioner from time
to time thinks fit.
(2) The licence shall terminate on the last day of
the financial year in which it is issued.
(3) There shall be payable for the licence the sum (if
any) from time to time fixed by the Minister.
20. The occupier of any unlicensed premises on
which any explosive is sold or offered or exposed for sale, or, if
those premises are occupied by more than one person, every
occupier thereof, shall be liable to a fine of forty-eight
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Unlawfully
selling
explosive.
[6 of 1997]


No sale of
explosive to
[7 of 1966B
6 of 1997]

Packing
explosive for
sale.
[6 of 1997]
thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars, unless he proves,
to the satisfaction of the magistrate by whom the cause is
heard, that he had no notice of the sale or offering or exposing
for sale, or that, having notice, he took all reasonable means to
prevent the sale or offering or exposing for sale, and, as soon
as he reasonably could, gave information thereof to a member
of the police force.
21. (1) Everyone who—
(a) not being a wholesale or retail dealer,
sells explosive or offers or exposes it
for sale; or
(b) being a wholesale or retail dealer,
sells explosive or offers or exposes it
for sale, on any premises other than
those mentioned in his licence,
shall be liable to a fine of forty-eight thousand seven hundred
and fifty dollars.
(2) Everyone who sells explosive to any person
apparently under the age of twenty-one years, whether for
the use of the buyer himself or for the use of any other person,
shall be liable to a fine of one thousand nine hundred and fifty
dollars.
22. (1) All explosive exceeding one pound in
weight, when publicly exposed for sale or sold, shall be in a
substantial case, canister, or other package, made and closed so
as to prevent the explosive from escaping, and in every case
the outermost package containing the explosive shall have
affixed the word “explosive” in conspicuous characters by
means of a brand or securely attached label or other mark.
(2) If any explosive is sold or exposed for sale in
contravention of this section the person selling it or exposing it
child.
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Removal
generally.
[6 of 1997]

Removal of
quantity
exceeding five
pounds.
[7 of 1966B]

Application
for permit to
remove.
[7 of 1966B]
for sale shall be liable to a fine of four thousand eight hundred
and seventy-five dollars, and all or any part of the explosive
so sold or exposed for sale shall be forfeited.
REMOVAL OF EXPLOSIVE
23. (1) No explosive shall be removed or conveyed
except according to this Act.
(2) Everyone who removes or conveys any
explosive otherwise than as aforesaid, or who aids or assists in
the removal or conveyance, shall be liable to a fine of nineteen
thousand five hundred dollars, and any explosive removed or
conveyed, or being removed or conveyed, otherwise than as
aforesaid shall be forfeited.
24. No quantity of explosive exceeding five
pounds shall be removed or conveyed except under and
according to a permit or the directions of the Commissioner:
Provided that this section shall not apply to explosive
in the course of conveyance according to regulations made
under this Act from or to a magazine, or any ship, wharf,
landing-place, or shipping-place.
25. (1) A permit for the removal of any explosive may
be granted by a superintendent of police to anyone
apparently above the age of twenty-one years, on an
application in writing made for that purpose by someone
having an interest in the removal.
(2) The application shall state the total quantity
of explosive intended to be removed; the places to which, and
the persons to whom, it is to be distributed; the quantities to
be left at each destination; the hours within which and the
route by which the removal is intended to be effected; and the
place or places (if any) where the explosive or any part thereof
is intended to be deposited until the removal and
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Particulars of
permit.

as to mode of
removal.
6 of 1997]
distribution are completed.
26. Subject to this Act, a superintendent of police
shall, within twenty-four hours (exclusive of public
holidays) after an application for a permit has been delivered
to him, grant a permit specifying the total quantity allowed
to be removed; the places to which, and the persons to
whom, the parcels making up the total quantity are to be
distributed; the hours within which and the route by which the
removal may be effected; and the place or places (if any) where
the explosive or any part thereof may be deposited until the
removal and distribution are completed:
Provided that—
(a) no permit shall authorise the
having on the same premises in
course of removal, or in the same
carriage, more than one thousand
pounds of explosive; and
(b) a superintendent of police may, if on
an application for a permit he is
satisfied that a permit according to
the application cannot consistently
with the public safety be granted,
postpone or absolutely refuse to grant
it, or grant it with any variations from
the application, and subject to any
conditions he considers proper for
the protection of the public.
27. (1) Where explosive is removed or conveyed
from place to place in Guyana, either wholly by land or partly
by land and partly by water, the following general rules as to
packing and other things shall be observed:
(a) the explosive, if not exceeding fifty
[7 of 1966B
General rules
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pounds in quantity, shall be
contained in a substantial case,
canister, or other package, made and
closed so as to prevent the explosive
from escaping;
(b) the explosive, if exceeding fifty
pounds in quantity, shall be divided
into parcels, each of which shall
comprise not more than fifty pounds,
and be contained in a substantial case,
canister or other package, made and
closed so as to prevent the explosive
from escaping;
(c) the interior of every package shall be
kept free from grit and otherwise
clean;
(d) every package when actually used for
the package of explosive shall not be
used for any other purpose;
(e) there shall not be any iron or steel in
the construction of any package,
unless the same is effectually covered
with tin, zinc, or other material;
(f) on the outside of every package there
shall be affixed the word “explosive”
in conspicuous characters by means of
a brand or securely attached label or
other mark; and
(g) the explosive shall be in the charge
and under the custody of some male
person above the age of twenty-one
years, who shall have the permit
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Removal of
explosive
partly by land
and partly by
water.

Prohibition of
manufacture of
specially
dangerous
explosive.
[7 of 1966B
6 of 1997]
Contravention
of order as to
manufacture of
explosive.
for its removal in his possession and
shall produce and show that permit
to any person who demands to see it.
(2) In the event of any breach, by any act or
default, of any general rule in this section mentioned, the
explosive in respect of which the breach is committed shall
be forfeited, and the person committing the breach shall be
liable to a fine of nineteen thousand five hundred dollars.
(3) The Minister, subject to negative resolution of
the National Assembly, may from time to time make rules
adding to the general rules contained in this section, and the
rules so made shall have the same effect as if they had been
enacted in this section.
28. Where explosive is removed or conveyed from
place to place in Guyana partly by land and partly by sea
coastwise, or on any river or waterway of Guyana, the
provisions of this Act applicable to explosive removed or
conveyed by land shall apply to that explosive when on
land, and the provisions of this Act applicable to explosive
in the waters of Guyana shall apply to the explosive when on
the sea or on the river or waterway.
SPECIALLY DANGEROUS EXPLOSIVES
29. (1) The Minister may from time to time by
order prohibit absolutely or may subject to conditions
or restrictions, the manufacture, keeping, importation,
conveyance, and sale, or any of them, of any explosive of
so dangerous a character that, in the judgment of the
Minister it is expedient for the public safety to make that
order.
(2) If any explosive is manufactured in
contravention of that order, all or any part of the explosive
found either in or about any place, or in the possession or under
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Contravention
of order as to
keeping of
explosive.
Contravention
of order as to
importation or
sale of
explosive.
[6 of 1997]
the control of any person convicted under this section, may
be forfeited, together with all machinery, implements,
and utensils used in its manufacture; and the person so
manufacturing shall be liable to a fine of ninety-seven
thousand five hundred dollars a day for every day during
which he so manufactures the explosive.
(3) If any explosive is kept in contravention of the
order, all or any part of the explosive found either in or
about any place may be forfeited, and the occupier of that
place, and also the owner of or other person guilty of keeping
the explosive, shall each be liable to a fine of one hundred and
ninety-five dollars for every pound of explosive so kept.
30. If any explosive is imported, conveyed, or sold in
contravention of any order aforesaid—
(a) all or any part of the explosive may be
forfeited;
(b) the owner or master of the ship in
which it was imported, and the
importer or consignee thereof (unless
the consignee can show by evidence,
to the satisfaction of the magistrate by
whom the cause is heard, that it was
consigned to him without his
knowledge), shall respectively be
liable to a fine of three hundred and
ninety dollars for every pound of
explosive brought in the ship;
(c) the owner or other person engaged in
the conveyance of the explosive shall
be liable to a fine of three hundred
and ninety dollars for every pound
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Search warrant.
[7 of 1966B
6 of 1997]

Penalty for
obstructing
search.
(d) the person to whom the explosive was
delivered and the person who sells it
shall each be liable to a fine of three
hundred and ninety dollars for every
pound of explosive so delivered, or
sold, or found in his possession.
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
31. (1) Any officer of customs, district commissioner,
or member of the police force who has reasonable cause to
believe that any offence has been or is being committed with
respect to an explosive in any place (whether a building or
not, or a ship, boat, or carriage), or that any explosive is there in
contravention of any order of the Minister, or that the terms
and conditions of the order are not duly observed there, may
apply to a magistrate or justice of the peace for a warrant,
(which warrant the magistrate or justice shall grant, upon
reasonable ground being assigned upon oath), to search that
place and every part thereof, and on obtaining the warrant,
and on producing it, if demanded, the officer may enter at
any time, and (if need be) by force, and as well as Sundays as
on other days, the place and every part thereof, and
examine it and search for explosives therein, and take samples
of any explosive and ingredient of an explosive therein, and
any substance reasonably supposed to be an ingredient of an
explosive found therein.
(2) Everyone who, by himself or by any other
person, fails to admit into any place occupied by him, or
under his control, any officer demanding to enter in pursuance
of this section, or in any way obstructs the officer in the
execution of his duty under this section, shall be liable to a fine
of ninety-seven thousand five hundred dollars, and shall also
be liable to forfeit all explosives and ingredients thereof at the
time of the offence in his possession or under his control at
that place.

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Seizure and
detention of
explosive liable
to forfeiture.
[6 of 1997]
32. Any officer aforesaid who has reasonable cause to
believe that any explosive, or ingredient of an explosive, or
substance found by him, is liable to be forfeited under this Act,
may seize and detain it until the magistrate of the district has
determined whether it is or is not so liable to be forfeited, and
with respect thereto, the following provisions shall have effect:
(a) the officer seizing may either require the
occupier of the place in which it was seized
(whether a building or not, or a ship, boat, or
carriage), to detain it there or in any place
under the control of the occupier, or may
remove it in the manner and to the place
which will, in his opinion, least endanger
the public safety and there detain it, and
may, where the matter appears to him to
be urgent and fraught with serious public
danger, and he either is, or is authorised by
an order from, the Comptroller of
Customs, a district commissioner, a justice
of the peace, or a superintendent of police,
cause it to be destroyed or otherwise
rendered harmless; but beforCommissioner
General of the Revenue Authority e
destroying it or rendering it harmless, he
shall take and keep a sample thereof, and
shall if required give a portion of the
sample to the person owning the
explosive or having it under his control at
the time of the seizure; and any occupier
who, by himself or by any other person, fails
to keep the article seized when he is required
in pursuance of this section to detain it,
and any occupier or other person who,
except with the authority of the officer
seizing it, or of the Commissioner General
of the Revenue Authority, a district
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commissioner, or a superintendent of
police, or, in case of emergency, for the
purpose of preventing explosion or fire,
removes, alters, or in any way tampers or
deals with it while so detained, shall be
liable to a fine of forty-eight thousand seven
hundred and fifty dollars, and shall also be
liable to forfeit all explosives and
ingredients thereof which are, at the time of
the offence, in his possession or under his
control at that place;
(b) the proceedings before the magistrate for
determining whether the article seized is or is
not liable to forfeiture shall be commenced as
soon as practicable after the seizure;
(c) the receptacles containing the article seized
may be seized, detained, and removed in like
manner as the contents thereof;
(d) the officer seizing the article may use, for the
purposes of the removal and detention
thereof, any ship, boat, or carriage in which
it was seized, and any tug, tender, engine,
tackle, beasts, and accoutrements, belonging
to or drawing, or provided for drawing that
ship, boat, or carriage, and shall pay to the
owner a reasonable compensation for the
use, to be determined in case of dispute by
the magistrate of the district, and to be
recovered in like manner as any penalty
under this Act;
(e) the article seized shall, so far as practicable, be
kept and conveyed in accordance with this
Act, and with all due precaution to
prevent accidents, but the person seizing,
removing, detaining, keeping, or conveying
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Entry for
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means of
conveyance of
explosive.
[7 of 1966B]
it shall not be liable to any penalty,
punishment, or forfeiture under this or any
other Act, or to any damages for keeping or
conveying it, provided that he uses all due
precautions aforesaid; and
(f) the officer seizing or dealing with the
article in pursuance of this section shall not
be liable to damages or otherwise in respect
of the seizure or dealing or any act
incidental to or consequential thereon,
unless it is proved that he made the seizure
without reasonable cause or that he caused
damage to the article seized by some wilful
neglect or default.
33. (1) The Comptroller of Customs, a district
commissioner, any superintendent of police, and any officer
designated by the Minister for the purposes of this Act, may,
for the purpose of ascertaining whether the provisions of
this Act with respect to the conveyance, loading,
unloading, and importation of an explosive are complied
with, enter, inspect, and examine at any time, and on as well
Sundays as other days, the wharf, carriage, ship, or boat of
any carrier or other person who conveys goods for hire, or of
the occupier of any factory, magazine, or store, or of the
importer of any explosive, on or in which wharf, carriage,
ship or boat he has reasonable cause to suppose an explosive
to be for the purpose or in course of conveyance, but so
as not unnecessarily to obstruct the work or business of the
carrier, person, occupier, or importer.
(2) The officer, if he finds any offence being
committed against this Act, on or in the wharf, carriage, ship,
or boat, or on any public wharf, may seize and detain or
remove the carriage, ship, or boat, or the explosive, in the
manner and with the precautions appearing to him to be
necessary to prevent any danger to the public, and may seize
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Penalty for
obstructing
officer.

Payment for
sample of
explosive
taken.
Apprehension
without
warrant.

and detain the explosive as if it were liable to forfeiture.
(3) The officer, and any officer of customs,
district commissioner, or member of the police force, who
has reasonable cause to believe that any offence against this
Act is being committed in respect of any carriage, or any boat
conveying, loading, or unloading any explosive, and that the
case is one of emergency, and that the delay in obtaining a
warrant will be likely to endanger life, may stop, and enter,
inspect, and examine, that carriage or boat, and by detention
or removal thereof or otherwise, take precautions reasonably
necessary for preventing the danger, in like manner as if the
explosive were liable to forfeiture.
(4) Every officer aforesaid shall, for the purposes
of this section, have the same powers and be in the same
position as if he were authorized by a search warrant
granted under this Act, and every person who fails to admit
or obstructs him shall be liable to the same penalty as a
person who fails to admit or obstructs an officer so
authorised as aforesaid.
34. Where any officer in pursuance of this Act takes
samples of any explosive, ingredients, or substance, he shall
pay for or tender payment for it to the amount he considers to
be the market value thereof, and the occupier of the place in
which or the owner of the bulk from which, the sample was
taken may recover any excess of the real value over the
amount so paid or tendered from the officer taking the sample,
as a debt in the petty debt court within the jurisdiction
whereof the sample was taken.
35. Everyone found committing any act for which he
is liable to a penalty under this Act and which tends to cause
explosion or fire in or about any store, harbour, or wharf, or
in or about any cane, cocoa, or coffee plantation or any
building thereon, or in or about any carriage, ship, or boat,
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Unconditional
imprisonment
in certain cases.


Protection in
certain cases of
carrier and of
owner and
master of ship.

may be apprehended, without warrant, by any police
constable or other constable, or by the occupier or the agent or
servant of or other person authorised by the occupier, of that
store, plantation, or building, or by any officer of customs or
district commissioner, or by the Harbour Master or any
person authorised by the Harbour Master, and removed
from the place where he was arrested, and conveyed as
soon as conveniently may be before a magistrate to be dealt
with according to law.
36. Where any person is guilty of an offence which—
(a) under this Act is, but for this section,
punishable by a pecuniary penalty
only; and
(b) in the opinion of the magistrate by
whom the case is heard, was
reasonably calculated to endanger the
life of, or to cause serious personal
injury to, any person, or to cause a
dangerous accident, and was
committed wilfully by the personal
act, personal default, or personal
negligence of the person accused, that
person shall be liable, if the
magistrate is of opinion that a
pecuniary penalty will not meet the
circumstances of the case, to
imprisonment for six months.
37. Where a carrier, or the owner or master of a ship
or boat, is prevented from complying with this Act, or with
any rule or regulation made hereunder, by the wilful act,
neglect, or default of the consignor or consignee of the
explosive or other person, or by the improper refusal of
the consignee or other person to accept delivery of the
explosive, the consignor, consignee, or other person who is
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Exemption of
certain
explosives.

Protection of
person acting
under the Act.
c. 5:07
Procedure and
appeal.
[26 of 1954]
guilty of the wilful act, neglect, default, or refusal shall be
liable to the same penalty to which the carrier, owner, or
master is liable for a breach of this Act or of the rule or
regulation, and his conviction shall exempt the carrier, owner,
or master from any penalty or forfeiture under this Act.
38. Nothing in this Act shall apply to any explosive the
property of the State, and held for the purposes of the
Guyana Defence Force, or held for the public service.
39. Every person acting under this Act, shall be
entitled to the protection afforded by the Justices Protection
Act.
40. All offences under this Act may be dealt with
under the Summary Jurisdiction Acts and any necessary
proceedings may be taken by the Harbour Master, or by any
officer of Customs, district commissioner, or member of the
police force.
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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION
_________________
STORAGE MAGAZINE (EXPLOSIVES) ORDER
made under section 4
Citation.
Declaration of
magazines.

O. in C.
8/10/1936

O. in C.
34/1941
O. in C.
45/1941
1. This Order may be cited as the Storage Magazines
(Explosives) Order.
2. The places described in the Schedule are hereby
declared to be magazines for the storage of explosives.
SCHEDULE
1. That parcel of land enclosing an area of 1184 acres
commencing at an iron paal 45 feet northwards from the
centre of Carifesta Avenue near the City of Georgetown, at a
point 1,291 feet eastwards of its junction with Camp Road
and its boundaries extending thence as shown on a plan
signed by C. de Freitas, Government Surveyor, dated 11th
August, 1936, deposited in the office of the Commissioner of
Lands and Mines.
2. Two parcels of land, situate at Kwakwani, on the
right bank of the Upper Berbice River, and included in the
area held by the Berbice Company Limited under Mining
Lease No. 364, one being 500 feet in length by 500 feet in
width, situate approximately 4,000 feet north- west of a point
on the south-east boundary line of the concession, distant
6,500 feet from an iron monument near to its junction with
the Kwakwani Creek, and the other being 1,000 feet in length
by 1,000 feet in width, situate approximately 3,000 feet north-
west of a point on the south-east boundary line, distant
11,000 feet from the iron monument referred to.
3. That area on the north side of Carifesta Avenue,
Georgetown, measuring 80 feet in length by 65 feet average
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width, enclosed by a wooden fence and distant 1,291 feet
eastward of the junction of Carifesta Avenue and Camp
Road.
__________________
EXPLOSIVES REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATON
1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.
3. Master to give notice of explosives.
4. Loading or discharging of explosives.
5. Consignment to Guybau.
6. Ships carrying explosives.
7. No fires while loading or discharging explosives.
8. No matches while loading or discharging explosives.
9. Punts carrying explosives.
10. Ships not to discharge explosives between sunset and
sunrise.
11. Amount of explosives in ships.
12. Application of regs. 7; 8; 10; 11.
13. Keeping explosives in premises licensed for the
purpose.
14. Keeping of nitro-compound in magazine.
15. Painting of hulks or floating magazine.
16. Packing of classes of explosives.
17. Packing of explosives other than fulminate.
18. Packing of nitro-compound.
19. Inner package of nitro-compound.
20. Packing of fulminate not mixed with water.
21. Packing of other fulminate.
22. Use of packing used for fulminate.
23. Label on outer case of fulminate.
24. Packing of detonators.
25. Number of detonators in outer package.
26. Additional packing.
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REGULATION
27. Conditions for packing.
28. Conveyance of explosives.
29. Conveyance of different explosives.
30. Loading and unloading of explosives.
31. No fire while loading or unloading explosives.
32. Manner of loading or unloading explosives.
33. Conveyance of explosives on carriage.
34. Stowing of explosive.
35. (1) Conveyance of explosives while carrying
passengers.
(2) Conveyance of dynamite in boat.
36. Conveyance of dynamite in carriage.
37. Forwarding consignment of explosives to warehouse-
man.
38. Person in charge of carriage conveying explosive.
39. Sending explosives by rail.
40. Explosives not to be sent where railway will not
receive them.
41. Time of receiving consignments of explosives at
forwarding station.
42. Removing of explosives by consignee.
43. Refusal of packets suspected to contain explosives.
44. Conveyance of explosives in passenger train.
45. Not more than two carriages of explosives to be
loaded.
46. Matches not to be in carriage with explosives.
47. Certificate to be attached by consignor.
48. Stowing of packages containing dynamite.
49. Packing of five layers of packages.
50. Detonators not to be carried in train with dynamite.
51. Examination of wagons.
52. Loading and unloading of wagons.
53. Wagons to be shunted when goods train is
marshalled.
54. Wagons with explosives at end of goods train.
55. Use of brakes in the transport of explosives.
56. Locking of wagons.
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Reg.
31/10/1905
2/10/1907
21/1947
12/1948
Citation.

Interpretation.
REGULATION
57. Time of transhipping explosives.
58. Breach of regulations.
59. Persons answerable for breach.
EXPLOSIVES REGULATIONS
made under section 11
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Explosives
Regulations.
2. For the purposes of these Regulations expression—
"chlorate-mixture" means any explosive containing a chlorate;
"detonator" means a capsule or case which is of such
strength and construction and contains a fulminate in
such quantity that the explosion of one capsule or
case will communicate the explosion to other like
capsules or cases;
"explosive" means and includes nitro-compounds, chlorate—
mixtures, fulminates, and detonators;
"fulminate" means any chemical compound or mechanical
mixture which from its great susceptibility to
detonation is suitable to employment in percussion
caps, or any other appliances for developing detonation
or which from its extreme sensibility to explosion and
from its great instability (that is to say, readiness to
undergo decomposition from very slight exciting causes)
is especially dangerous;
"inner package" means a substantial case, bag, canister,
or other receptacle, made and closed so as to prevent
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Master to give
notice of
explosives.
Loading or
discharging of
explosives.
Consignment
to Guybau.
[Ref. 21/1947
12/1948]
any explosive from escaping;
"nitro-compound" means any chemical compound
possessed of explosive properties or capable of
combining with metals to form an explosive compound
which is produced by the chemical action of nitric acid
(whether alone or mixed with sulphuric) acid or of a
nitrate mixed with sulphuric acid upon any
carbonaceous substance whether such compound is
mechanically mixed with other substances or not;
"outer package" means a box, barrel, case, or cylinder of
wood, metal, or other solid material, of such strength,
construction, and character that it will not be broken or
accidentally opened, nor become defective or insecure
whilst being conveyed, and will not allow any explosive
to escape.
IMPORTATION AND TRANSHIPMENT OF
EXPLOSIVES
3. The master of every ship arriving in Guyana
with explosives on Master to board shall give notice to
the Harbour Master, when he visits such ship, of the fact that
such explosives are on board.
4. Every ship loading or discharging explosives
shall moor abreast of Fort William Frederick, but not nearer
than 75 fathoms from low water mark on the east bank of the
river, and no vessel arriving at the Port of Georgetown with
explosives shall proceed up the river until such explosives
have been discharged off Fort William Frederick.
5. (1) Anything to the contrary contained in
paragraph (1) of this regulation notwithstanding, any ship
entering the Harbour of Georgetown with explosives
consigned to the Guyana Bauxite Company, Limited, at
Linden, Demerara River, may proceed up the Demerara River
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Ships carrying
explosives.


No fires while
loading or
discharging
explosives.

No matches
while loading
or discharging
explosives.
Punts carrying
explosives.


Ships not to
discharge
explosives
between sunset
and sunrise.
Amount of
explosives in
ships.
as far as Linden without discharging the said explosives
at Georgetown.
(2) No ship carrying explosives shall go alongside
any wharf or stelling, other than the wharf owned by the
Guyana Bauxite Company, Limited, at Linden, Demerara
River.
6. Every ship lying off Fort William Frederick and
having explosives on board, shall carry at her mast-head, by
day, a red flag not less than 72 inches square, and by night, a
red light.
7. No fire or light of any description shall be
permitted on board any ship or boat loading or discharging
explosives except in the case of steamers which may use their
engine fires.
8. No person shall carry lucifer or other matches
whilst employed in the landing, shipment, loading,
discharging or stowage of explosives. No person shall smoke
or be in possession of a naked light whilst so employed.
9. Every boat, punt or other vessel employed for the
landing, transport or shipment of explosives shall, whilst so
employed, carry a red flag not less than eighteen inches
square, hoisted on a pole not less than six feet in height above
the gunwale.
10. No ship shall load or discharge explosives
between sunset and sunrise, and no boat, punt or other vessel
shall be employed for the landing, transport or shipment of
explosives between sunset and sunrise.
11. The amount of the explosives conveyed in any one
ship, boat or carriage at any one time from or to a magazine,
shall not exceed 2,000 lbs., unless the carriage be enclosed on
all sides with wood or metal, or the ship or boat have a close
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Application of
regs. 7; 8; 10; 11.
[Reg. 21/1947
12/1948]
Keeping
explosives in
premises
licensed for the
purpose.
deck, so closed as effectually to protect the explosive
against accident by fire from without, in which case the
amount of the explosives conveyed shall not exceed the
following:
In any one carriage on a railway ……………10 tons
In any one other carriage ………………………2 “
In any one ship or boat …………………………20 “
12. Regulations 7, 8, 10 and 11 shall, mutatis
mutandis, apply—
(a to any ship carrying explosives up
the Demerara River; and
(b) to any boat, punt or other vessel used
to discharge explosives from any ship in
the Demerara River.
KEEPING EXPLOSIVES
13. No explosive shall be kept in any place or
premises whether on land or on water not duly licensed as a
magazine for the storage of explosives, or the premises of a
person not duly licensed to sell explosives by wholesale or
retail, under the Act:
Provided always that—
(a) it shall be lawful for any person to
keep without a licence in private premises
for his private use and not for trade
purposes any amount not exceeding five
pounds avoirdupois in weight of any
explosive;
(b) this regulation shall not apply to the case
of any person conveying explosives from
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Keeping of
nitro-
compound in
magazine.

Painting of
hulks or
floating
magazine.
Packing or
classes of
explosives.

Packing of
explosives
other than
place to place in accordance with these
Regulations.
14. (1) No nitro-compound, which shall have been
more than six months in Guyana, shall be kept in any
magazine unless the said compound has been examined by
the Government Analyst who may, after such examination,
either allow the said compound to be kept for such further
period as he shall think fit or order the same to be either
immediately used or to be destroyed in such manner and in
such place as he shall specify.
(2) Any expenses incurred in connection with the
examination hereinbefore provided for shall be borne by the
person in whose name the nitro-compound is stored.
15. (1) Every hulk or floating magazine shall be
painted externally Painting of vermilion, and shall have the
words "Explosives" legibly printed on both sides in large
letters of white paint at least two feet in height, and
magazine, such hulk or magazine shall be moored fore and
aft in the position laid down by the resolution appointing it.
(2) Every magazine other than hulks or floating
magazines shall have the words "Explosives" legibly printed
on each side in large letters of white paint at least two feet in
height.
PACKING OF EXPLOSIVES
Rules with respect to the Packing of Explosives for Removal
16. Each class of explosive mentioned in regulation 3
shall be separately packed and each case shall be legibly
labelled.
17. (1) An explosive, not being a fulminate, shall if not
exceeding Packing of 5 lbs. in quantity, be contained in a
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fulminate.
Packing of
nitro-
compound.

Inner package
of nitro-
compound.
Packing of
fulminate not
mixed with
water.

Packing of
other
fulminate.
substantial case, bag, canister, or other receptacle made and
closed so as to prevent the explosive fulminate, from
escaping.
(2) In every other case the explosive shall be
contained in a double package.
18. If the explosive is a nitro-compound, the quantity
of the of explosive in any one outer package shall not exceed
50 lbs. If the explosive is picric, the inner package must be of
such a nature as to effectually prevent any picric acid from
coming into contact with any basic metallic oxide.
19. If the explosive is a nitro compound or a chlorate-
mixture the inner package shall be without any metal in its
construction, and the inner or outer package, or both, shall be
thoroughly waterproof. No one of the inner packages shall
contain more than 10 lbs., and the aggregate quantity of the
explosive in any one outer package shall not exceed 50 lbs.
20. If the explosive is a fulminate, and is of such
character that it cannot be packed mixed with water, or that
danger would arise from such mode of packing, it shall be
packed in such manner as shall be specially directed by the
Minister.
21. Any other fulminate shall be packed as follows:
In bags or coverings of calico, canvas, or other material
permeable to water, and containing each not more than 25
lbs. of fulminate, and so made and closed as to prevent any
explosive from escaping. Such bags or coverings shall be
packed in a case containing sufficient water to ensure the
explosive being kept constantly wet, and such case
(hereinafter called the inner case) shall be packed in an outer
case containing sufficient water constantly to surround the
inner case; and the inner case and the outer case shall each
be of such strength, construction and character that it will not
be broken or accidentally opened, or become defective or
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Use of packing
used for
fulminate.
Label on
packing used
for fulminate.

Packing of
detonators.
insecure whilst being conveyed, and will not allow any
fulminate or water to escape; and the amount of the explosive
in any one outer case shall not exceed 200 lbs.
22. Every package when actually used for the packing
of one fulminate shall not be used for the packing of any
other fulminate or for any other purpose.
23. On the outer case there shall be affixed in
conspicuous characters by means of a brand or securely
attached label or other mark the word "Explosive" with the
name of the explosive followed by the word "Fulminate", and
the name and address of the sender.
24. (1) If the explosive consists of detonators and does
not exceed 1,000 in any one consignment it shall be packed
when the quantity does not exceed 5 lbs. in amount, in a
single outer package; otherwise in a double package, the
inner and outer packages being as defined in regulation 3:
Provided that the detonators and the spaces between
the same, and between the sides of the inner package and the
said detonators, shall all be filled, as far as practicable, with
fine sawdust or other similar material; a layer of felt or
other soft yielding material shall be placed between both
ends of all the detonators and the interior of the package in
which the same are placed, in such a manner, and so secured,
that both ends of the detonators will rest upon the said
material; every inner package, if of metal, to be lined
throughout with paper or other soft material.
(2) If the explosive exceeds 1,000 detonators in any
one consignment the detonators shall be packed in inner
packages, with sawdust and soft material as above described.
Such inner packages shall be placed inside a substantial case
of wood or metal, made and closed so as to prevent any of
the inner packages escaping therefrom, and such case shall
be placed inside an outer package in such manner and so
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Number of
detonators in
outer package.

Additional
packing.
Conditions
for packing.

secured as to leave a clear space of not less than three inches
between the case and every part of the interior of thesaid
outer package notwithstanding that such clear space may,
if preferred, be filled with sawdust, straw, or other similar
material, or may contain a light framework or battens of
wood to keep the case aforesaid in position in the outer
package.
(3) Where the number of detonators exceeds 5,000,
such outer package shall be provided with handles or other
contrivance by means of which it can be safely and
conveniently carried:
Provided that in the case of electric detonators where
the number in any outer package exceeds 3,000, such
outer package shall be provided with handles or other
contrivance by means of which it can be safely and
conveniently carried.
25. The number of detonators contained in any
one outer package shall not exceed 10,000 in number, and if
the detonators are electric shall not exceed 5,000 in number.
The number of detonators or of electric detonators
contained in any one inner package shall not exceed 100 in
number.
26. Nothing in these Regulations shall be deemed to
prohibit the use of an additional packing whether inner or
outer provided that such additional packing shall be in either
case in accordance with the requirements of these regulations.
27. Whatever be the amount of the explosive and
of whatever kind the following conditions shall be observed:
(a) The interior of every package, whether
single or double, shall be kept free from grit
and otherwise clean.

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(b) Every package, whether single or double,
when actually used for the packing of the
explosive, shall not be used for the
packing of any explosive of any other kind
or for any other purpose.
(c) There shall not be any iron or steel in
the construction of any such single package
or inner or outer package unless the same is
effectually covered with tin, zinc, or other
suitable material.
(d) On the outermost package there shall be
affixed, in conspicuous characters, by
means of a brand or securely attached label
or mark "Explosive", followed by the
name of the explosive or other description
of the contents and the name and the
address of the owners or senders.
(e) The amount of the explosive in any single
package or, if there is a double package, in
any one outer package, shall not exceed the
amount specified in the foregoing rules.
(f) Explosives made up into cartridges or
charges for mines, blasting or other like
purposes, shall be packed in such manner
and in such quantity as is required for
the same explosive when not so made up:
Provided that where a double package is required,
the enclosing case of such cartridges or charges, may, if it
satisfy the conditions required for an inner package, be held
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Conveyance of
explosives.
Conveyance of
different
explosives.
Loading and
unloading of
explosives.
No fire while
loading or
unloading
explosives.
MODE OF CONVEYANCE
Rules with respect to the Conveyance of Explosive
28. No explosive shall be conveyed from place to
place unless of packed in the manner provided for in
the foregoing regulations.
29. There shall not be conveyed in any carriage or
vessel which is being used for the conveyance of an
explosive, any explosive of a different kind of whatsoever
nature which contains its own means of ignition, unless it is
sufficiently separated therefrom to prevent any fire or
explosion which may take place in one such explosive being
communicated to another.
30. Except in the case of small consignments carried
by railway, which may be unloaded at any time, explosives
shall be loaded or unloaded only between sunrise and sunset.
For the purposes of this regulation no consignment of more
than half a wagon-load booked to one station shall be
deemed to be a small consignment.
31. Whilst the explosive is being loaded on, or
unloaded out of any carriage or vessel, no fire or artificial
light, nor any article which is heading liable to cause or
communicate fire or explosion, volatile petroleum or any
spirit or oil or substance that gives forth an inflammable
vapour at a temperature below 85 degrees Fahrenheit,
when tested in the Abel-Pensky apparatus, shall be or shall
be allowed to be brought, had or used dangerously near
to such carriage, ship or boat, and no smoking shall be
allowed in, on or dangerously near to the same:
Provided that when the light for the purposes of such
loading or unloading is absolutely necessary a lamp of such
construction, position or character as not to cause any danger
from fire or explosion may be used; and no person, while
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Manner of
loading or
unloading
explosives.

Conveyance of
explosives on
carriage.
Stowing of
explosives.

Conveyance of
explosives
while carrying
passengers.
[Reg. 2/9/1907
47/1945]
landing any explosive shall wear boots or shoes with iron or
steel nails, heels or tips.
32. In the loading or unloading of any explosive, the
casks and packages containing the same shall be passed from
hand to hand and not rolled upon the ground; they shall
not be thrown or dropped down, but shall be carefully
deposited and stowed.
33. The explosive shall not be conveyed except in the
interior of a carriage so enclosed on all sides with wood or
metal, or in the hold of a ship or boat having a close deck so
closed as effectually to protect the explosive against
accident by fire from without. If the explosive cannot be so
secured, it shall be completely covered with painted cloth,
tarpaulin or other suitable material, so as to
effectually protect it against communication of fire.
There shall not be any iron or steel in the interior of
the portion of the carriage, ship or boat with which the case
containing the explosive is in contact, unless the same is
effectually covered with leather, wood, cloth or other suitable
material.
34. In the stowing of the explosive, due precaution
shall be taken by means of a partition or otherwise, and by
careful stowing to secure such explosive from being brought
into contact with, or endangered by, any other article or
substance conveyed in such carriage or vessel which is
liable to cause fire or explosion; and if the explosive is
dangerously affected by water, due precautions shall be taken
to exclude water from coming into contact with such
explosive.
35. (1) No explosive shall be conveyed in a carriage or
boat whilst carrying or plying for public passengers, unless
the quantity is less than 5 lbs. and notice has been given
beforehand to the person in charge of such carriage or boat:
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Conveyance of
dynamite in
boat.
Provided that—
(a) there shall not be conveyed in any
such carriage or boat any fulminate,
detonators or nitro-compound
except—
(i) dynamite, which may be
carried in the form of cart
ridges up to the limit of 5
lbs. On condition that no
detonators are carried in the
same compartment;
(ii) detonators which may be
carried to the number of 200 on
condition that in no case the
amount of fulminate in the
package or packages containing
the detonators exceeds in the
aggregate 5 ozs. (a certificate to
this effect being given by the
company. firm, or person tendering the detonators for transport, or by its or his agent);
(b) no dynamite is carried in the
same compartment;
(c) this regulation shall apply only to
boats not having a close deck, so
closed as effectually to protect
explosives against accident by fire
from without, and shall not apply to
ships or other vessels.
(2) Dynamite may be conveyed in a boat having a
close deck, as specified in the last preceding paragraph,
whilst carrying or plying for public passengers, provided that
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Conveyance of
dynamite in
carriage.

Forwarding
consignment of
explosives to
warehouse-
man.
the quantity of such dynamite is not more than three hundred
pounds, and that it is conveyed in a wooden box or case
constructed to the satisfaction of the Chief Works and
Hydraulics Officer, and provided that no detonators are
conveyed in the same box or case. Not more than five
hundred detonators may be carried in such boat as aforesaid,
provided that such detonators are conveyed in a box or case
constructed to the satisfaction of the Chief Works and
Hydraulics Officer and that they are conveyed in a different
part of the boat to a box or case containing dynamite.
36. With respect to the conveyance by carriage or
vessel of any explosive in larger quantities than 5 lbs., the
following regulations shall be observed:
The person in charge of the carriage or vessel shall
not drive or conduct the same in a dangerous or reckless
manner, and shall take all due precautions to avoid fire and
explosion, and no person shall do any act or thing in relation
to the explosive which tends to cause fire or explosion, and is
not reasonably necessary for the conveyance of the
explosive or for work immediately connected with such
conveyance; and a person who is intoxicated shall not
have charge of any carriage or vessel conveying explosive,
and shall not be permitted to be in, or on, or attending the
same.
37. No person shall forward to any warehouseman
or carrier a consignment of explosives unless he has
given notice to such ware- houseman or carrier beforehand,
stating the name and quantity of the explosive proposed to
be conveyed and the name and address of the proposed
consignee, and has had an intimation that the warehouseman
or carrier is prepared to receive the consignment, and a
warehouseman or carrier shall not make such an intimation
nor receive such consignment, unless he is prepared to
receive it and forthwith to dispatch the same, or to deposit it
in a magazine or at a place at which a person is licensed to
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Person in
charge of
carriage
conveying
explosives.

Sending
explosives by
rail.

Explosives not
to be sent
where railway
will not receive
them.

Time of
receiving
consignments
of explosives at
forwarding
station.
possess the same.
38. The carriage or vessel conveying the explosive
shall be in charge of, and constantly attended by, some
competent person, or by a sufficient number of competent
persons, and such persons shall not, if the amount of the
explosive conveyed exceed 100 lbs., stop or delay for a longer
time than may be reasonably necessary, or stop unnecessarily
at any place.
39. No person shall send for carriage upon any
railway or passenger steamship any consignment of an
explosive, unless he has given to the officer in charge of the
railway station or to the master, owner, or agent of such
steamship previous notice in writing, which, at the option of
the railway company or owner of the steamship may extend
to forty-eight hours, of his intention to send such consign-
ment, and stating the true name, description and
quantity, and mode of packing of the explosive proposed to
be conveyed, and his own name and address, also the name
and address of the proposed consignee, and unless he has
had an intimation in writing from an authorised officer of
the railway company or owner of the steamship that
such consignment will be received.
40. No explosives which a railway company or the
owner of a steamship shall by any notice or regulation for
the time being in force, notify that they will not receive shall
be brought, sent or will not forwarded to or upon any such
railway or steamship.
41. Consignments of explosives shall be sent to the
forwarding station and shall be received by the servants of
the company only at such times between sunrise and sunset
as the company may appoint; and every package containing
any explosive proposed to be conveyed on any railway shall,
immediately on arrival at the station, be unloaded and placed
in a safe place under the special direction of the officer in
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Removing of
packets
suspected to
contain
explosives.
Refusal of
packets
suspected to
contain
explosives.

Conveyance of
explosives in
passenger
train.
charge of the station. Consignments of explosives to be
carried in a passenger steamer shall be placed on board such
steamer not less than half-an-hour earlier than the advertised
time of departure.
42. An explosive shall be removed by the consignee
from the receiving station during the twelve hours of
daylight after arrival; if this condition is not strictly
complied with the railway company may return the
consignment to the consignor at his risk and expense and
such packages shall, in the meantime, be kept as far away
from the station buildings as possible in the wagon they
were conveyed in, or, if unloaded, shall be completely
covered with tarpaulins or other suitable material, and, if
necessary, shall be protected by a police guard.
43. Any railway company, the master of any ship,
and the person in charge of any boat or carriage may refuse
to receive any packages which they suspect to contain any
explosive packed or sent in contravention of these
Regulations. And in case any package, which they suspect,
shall be upon any railway or ship, boat or carriage, they
may open, or require to be opened, such package, to ascertain
the fact that the risk and expense of the consignor and may
return the explosives contained in the packages to the
consignor at his risk and expense, keeping the packages,
pending such return, in the manner prescribed in the last
preceding regulation.
44. Subject to the exception provided for in paragraph
(c), no explosive shall be conveyed by passenger train, except
of the kinds and in the manner hereinafter specified in this
regulation—
(a) Dynamite which may be carried in the
form of cartridges up to the limit of 5 lbs, on
condition that no detonators are carried in
the same compartment;
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Not more than
two carriages
of explosives
to be
loaded.
(b) Detonators which may be carried to the
number of 200, on condition that—
(i) in no case the amount of fulminate of
mercury in the package or packages
containing the detonators exceeds in
the aggregate 5 ozs. (a certificate to
this effect being given by the
company, firm or person tendering
the detonators for transport, or by
its or his agent);
(ii) no dynamite is carried in the same
compartment;
(c) Explosives may be carried by mixed trains
on any line on which goods trains are
notrunning, subject to the conditions that—
(i) no more than one vehicle containing
explosives is forwarded at any one
time by a mixed train
(ii) the precautions prescribed for
conveyance -by goods trains are
observed; and
(iii) directly a wagon containing
explosives arrives at a section on
which goods trains are running, it is
detached from the mixed trains.
45. Not more than two carriages containing
explosives shall be loaded or unloaded at any railway station
or be conveyed by any one goods train at any one time; and
the quantity of explosive to be contained in any one carriage
shall not exceed two-thirds of the normal load.
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Matches not to
be in carriage
with
explosives.

Certificate to be
attached by
consignor.
Stowing of
packages
containing
dynamite.
Packing of
five layers of
packages.
46. There shall not be conveyed in the same
carriage with any explosive any lucifer or other matches,
fuses, pipelights, acids, naphtha, paraffin, petroleum, or any
other volatile spirit or sub- stance liable to give off an
inflammable vapour or liable to spontaneous ignition, or to
cause or to communicate fire or explosion.
47. The consignor shall attach to the consignment
note a certificate, in the case of dynamite and any nitro-
glycerine compounds, that there are no signs of exudation of
nitro-glycerine or of liquefaction. The consignor shall also
certify that the explosive has been packed in accordance
with these Regulations. The above-mentioned certificate shall
contain sufficient information to admit of all packages being
easily recognized.
This certificate shall be valid for two months after
date. But any railway company which accepts dynamite or
other nitro- compounds for transport may demand a fresh
certificate under the hand of the Government Analyst.
48. Packages containing dynamite or other nitro-
compound shall be stowed in one layer only and secured
so as to prevent movement during transit, and the gross
load in any one wagon shall not exceed dynamite, five tons:
Provided that if the packages of dynamite are in
rectangular form and are properly secured so as to prevent
movement during transit, they may be stored in any number
of layers not exceeding five, and the gross load in any one
wagon shall not exceed five tons.
49. Five layers of packages in rectangular form and of
uniform size (provided they are double packages and are so
secured as to prevent movement during transit) may be
packed one above another. Otherwise, not more than three
layers of packages containing explosives shall be packed one
above another. The loading and unloading of explosives
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Detonators not
to be carried in
train with
dynamite.
Examination
of wagons.

Loading and
unloading of
wagons.

Wagons to be
shunted
when goods
train is
marshalled.
Wagons with
explosives at
end of goods
train.

Use of brakes
in the transport
of explosives.
when once begun shall be diligently proceeded with until the
same is completed.
50. Except under regulation 44 (b), no detonators shall
be carried in the same train with dynamite or other nitro-
compound, or with chlorate-mixtures.
51. Wagons used for the carriage of explosives shall
be examined to see that they are spark-proof and have
been cleaned out before they are loaded. Hair, cloth, hides, or
other suitable materials shall be spread on the floor of the
wagon and between each layer of packages, except when the
packages are covered with gunny or felt.
52. Wagons containing explosives shall be loaded and
unloaded on sidings distant as far as possible from the station
buildings.
53. When the goods train is being marshalled,
wagons loaded with explosives may be shunted by a
locomotive, if they are separated from the engine by not less
than three wagons containing no explosive nor easily
inflammable substance or other nitro- compounds or
chlorate mixture. The speed of these movements shall be
restricted to five miles an hour; they shall be superintended
by a duly authorised officer, who shall be held responsible
for the observance of these orders. Flying shunts are strictly
prohibited.
54. Wagons containing explosives shall be placed at
the end of the goods train away from the locomotive and
shall be close coupled to one another as well as to the
adjoining wagons, and preceded and followed by three
wagons not loaded with explosives or other traffic of an
inflammable nature.
55. If the wagons employed in the transport of
explosives are provided with brakes, the brakes thereon shall
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Locking of
wagons.

Time of
transhipping
explosives.
Breach of
regulations.

Persons
answerable for
breach.
Reg. 17/1954

Citation.
Issue of permits
for acquisition
of explosives.
on no account be worked while the wagons are running with
the train, nor shall brakes, other than iron brakes on vehicles
immediately adjoining such wagons, be worked while such
wagons are so running.
56. Wagons shall in every case be locked when loaded
with explosives.
57. All operations connected with the transhipment of
explosives shall take place between sunrise and sunset.
58. Whoever commits or is concerned in the
commission of a breach of any of the foregoing regulations
shall be liable to a fine of three hundred dollars.
59. When any breach of these Regulations is
committed, all persons in any way assisting or concerned
in the commission of such breach, and the master or any
other person having the control of any ship or boat on board
of which such breach has been committed, shall be severally
answerable for such breach.
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EXPLOSIVES (SALE, PURCHASE AND
POSSESSION) REGULATIONS
made under section 13
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Explosives
(Sale, Purchase and Possession) Regulations and shall come
into operation on 1st December, 1954.
2. The officer in charge of a police division may issue
permits for the purchase, acquisition or possession of
explosives by any person within such division and shall in
such permit specify the nature, the amount of the explosives
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Permits in
triplicate.

Selling of
explosives
requires written
authority.
Permit to be
produced at
sale.

Permit in
Form 1.

Permits
required for
purchase of
explosives.
in respect of which it is issued, the purposes for which the
same may be used, and the place where it is to be used. Such
permit shall be in the Form 1 in the Schedule.
3. Permits under regulation 2 shall be made in
triplicate; one copy shall be retained by the officer who issues
it, and two copies shall be delivered to the person to whom it
is issued.
4. (1) No person shall sell, give, or otherwise deal
in or permit any explosive to be taken from his possession
unless he shall have previously obtained authority in writing
from the police officer in charge of the police division
wherein he resides to do so;
(2) Such authority may be issued for one or more
such transactions and with respect to a particular kind of
explosive, and a particular amount thereof, or may be general
and for a period to be therein specified. Such authority shall
be in the Form 2 in the Schedule.
5. No person shall sell, give or otherwise permit
another person to take from his possession any explosive
unless such other person produces a permit in duplicate
issued to him under regulation 2, or otherwise than in
accordance with the terms of such permit.
6. If the permit has been issued in the Form 1 in
the Schedule, the person disposing of explosives shall
endorse on the two copies the amount and nature of
explosives disposed of thereunder, and his name and
address; he shall retain one copy and forward the same to the
police officer who issued it.
7. No person shall purchase, acquire, or possess any
explosive without having previously obtained a permit to
do so under regulation 2, or otherwise than in accordance
with the terms of such permit; and no person shall possess
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Explosives to
be used for
particular
purposes.
Books in
respect of
permit to be
kept.
Thefts of
explosives.
Issuing
explosives to
workmen.
explosive in respect of which a permit has been issued in the
Form 1 of the Schedule except during the period for which
such permit is valid:
Provided that explosives purchased or acquired
under a permit in the Form 1 in the Schedule may be
possessed by the person to whom such permit was issued
for such period after the expiration of such permit as the
police officer who issued it may in writing permit.
8. No person shall use any explosive except for the
purposes and at the places specified in the permit issued in
respect thereof.
9. (1) A person who has obtained an authority under
regulation 4 shall cause to be kept books showing the name,
address and occupation of the persons to whom he
disposes of explosive, and the quantity and variety of
explosive disposed of to such persons.
(2) Such books shall be opened during
reasonable hours to the inspection of the Commissioner of
Police and other officers of police not below the rank of
Inspector.
(3) A copy of the entries made during the previous
month in such book shall be sent at the commencement of
each month to the Commissioner of Police.
10. All thefts and losses of explosives shall forthwith
be reported by the owner thereof to the Police.
11. Nothing in these Regulations shall be construed
to prevent a permit holder from issuing explosives to his
workmen, for the use of blasting operations confined to the
work controlled by such permit holder; but such permit
holder shall enter each day in a book, which he shall keep for
that purpose, the amounts and nature of explosives issued by
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Punishment.

Reg. 2
him on such day to such workmen, and such book shall be
open to such inspection as in regulation 9 mentioned.
12 (1) Any person who contravenes regulation 6, 9
or 10 shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of one
hundred and fifty dollars or to imprisonment for three
months.
(2) Any person who contravenes any of the
provisions of regulations 4, 5, 7 and 8 shall be liable on
summary conviction to a fine of seven hundred and fifty
dollars or to imprisonment for six months.
SCHEDULE
FORM 1
Permission is hereby granted to.................................. residing
at........................................................................................................
*to purchase, acquire and possess explosives as hereunder
set out, namely:
(1) Nature of explosives
(2) Amount of explosives to be possessed at
any one time not to exceed
(3) *Total amount which may be purchased,
acquired, or possessed under this permit
(4) The explosives herein mentioned may be
used for the following purposes:
at (insert name of place).
This permit is valid for ** from the
Explosives (Sale, Purchase and Possession) Regulations
LAWS OF GUYANA
56 Cap. 16:06 Explosives
[Subsidiary] Explosives Regulations
L.R.O. 1/2012
Reg. 4.
O. 46/1957

Citation.
Prohibition of
manufacture,
etc.
date hereof and is not transferable
Dated at this day of 20 .
Officer in charge of
Police Division.
*Strike out words not needed.
** Not to exceed one year.
FORM 2
Authority is hereby granted to........................................ residing
at..........................................................................................................
*to sell, give, and dispose of explosives as hereunder set out:
*(1) Kind of explosives to be sold, given or disposed of
*(2) Amount of explosives to be sold, given or disposed of
*(3) Period for which this authority is available.
This authority is not transferable.
Dated at this day of 20 .
Officer in charge of
Police Division.
*Strike out words not needed.
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FIREWORKS ORDER
made under section 29(1)
1. This order may be cited as the Fireworks Order.
2. Subject to paragraph 3, the manufacture, keeping,
importation, conveyance and sale of fireworks is hereby
prohibited.
Explosives (Sale, Purchase and Possession) Regulations Fireworks Order
LAWS OF GUYANA
Explosives Cap. 16:06 57
[Subsidiary] Explosives Regulations
L.R.O. 1/2012
Importation for
entertainment.
3. The Minister may authorise the importation of any
particular consignment of fireworks if, on application made to
him in respect of that consignment, he is satisfied that it is
intended to use the same solely for purposes of public
entertainment and that its use for such purposes will not
endanger public safety.
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Fireworks Order
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