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Technical Rules for Manufacture, Storage and Use of Explosive Substances

Regulation No. 43 of the Minister of Economic Affairs of 8 December 2000

(RTL1 2000, 133, 2138),entered into force 1 April 2001.

This Regulation is established on the basis of subsection 60 (1) of the Explosive Substances Act (RT2 I 1997, 86, 1461).

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Chapter 4

Use of Explosive Substances

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Division 9

Use of Pyrotechnic Articles

§ 65. Organisation of fireworks

(1) For the purposes of these Rules, fireworks is a display of light, smoke and sound effects created upon the combustion of pyrotechnic substances.

(2) Fireworks shall be organised in compliance with the requirements of clauses 95, 96, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131 of the Rules for Handling of Pyrotechnic Articles (RTL 1998, 370/371, 1591) and in compliance with the requirements of these Rules.

(3) At least two fire extinguishers which contain no less than 6 kg of extinguishing agent shall be brought to the site of the fireworks.

(4) At a wind speed of over 9 m/s, only surface fireworks shall be carried out and the fireworks shall be suspended or cancelled if the wind speed rises over 12 m/s.

(5) At least two persons shall prepare and carry out fireworks: one of the persons shall be a pyrotechnician who is in charge of the fireworks, and the other shall be a person of at least eighteen years of age who works under the supervision of the person in charge and has passed appropriate training provided by his or her employer.

(6) Extremely flammable objects such as buildings with reed roofs, storehouses, depositories or storage facilities for storing flammable liquids and/or materials, and communications network antennas shall not fall within the danger zone of fireworks. As an exception, a flammable object may fall within the danger zone of fireworks with the permission of the Technical Inspectorate and at the approval of the owner of the object and the Rescue Board on condition that additional safety measures are applied to guarantee the safety of the object.

(7) If fireworks are to include the firing of cracker shells, and a hospital, outpatient department, sanatorium, theatre, church, school and/or nursery school falls within the danger zone of the fireworks, and the distance between the site of the fireworks and the protected object is less than four times the diameter of the danger zone, then the approval of such institutions must be obtained in order to carry out the fireworks.

(8) Fireworks on vessels shall be carried out only at the approval of the Environmental Inspectorate. Only the electric firing of charges is allowed on board of vessels.

(9) Upon the carrying out of fireworks in a boat, raft or floating pontoon, measures shall be taken to prevent the floating vessel from losing stability as a result blast recoil. The pyrotechnicians shall wear lifejackets.

(10) Before fireworks are started, the organisers of the fireworks shall obtain information concerning the speed and direction of wind from the local meteorological station. If the wind blows in the direction of the spectators, a safer place shall be chosen or the tubes shall be placed at an angle against the direction of the wind.

(11) The persons organising the fireworks shall have a first aid kit at the location of the fireworks.

(12) Fireworks may be started after the person in charge of the fireworks has checked the area of the fireworks and verified its safety.

(13) Misfires shall be eliminated in compliance with the requirements for destruction of pyrotechnic equipment.

(14) The persons who carry out fireworks shall wear protective helmets.

(15) The permit for the use of pyrotechnic articles shall be issued by the Technical Inspectorate (Form No. 1, Annex 4).

(16) The plan of fireworks shall be prepared pursuant to a standard format (Form No. 2, Annex 4).

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