Rescinded by
G.O. 756
The Board of Transport
Commissioners for Canada
Commission des Transports
du Canada

Order no. G.O. 747

Wednesday, the 8th of
November, A.D. 1950

Upon reading the submissions filed—

It is ordered that the Regulations for the Transportation by Express of Acids, Compressed Gases, Inflammables, Oxidizing Substances, Explosives, etc., approved by General Order No. 678, dated the 3rd day of December, 1945, be, and they are hereby amended by (a) striking out the words (in any one train) in the line on page 12 thereof commencing with the word Fireworks; (b) striking out paragraphs (2), (3), (4), (4a), (46), (5), (11), (12), (15), (16), (17) and (19) of Section 29 on pages 24 and 25 of the said Regulations applying to shippers, and substituting therefor the following paragraphs under the heading Acceptable Fireworks:

29 (2) Special Fireworks. Special fireworks are manufactured articles designed primarily for the purpose of producing visible or audible pyrotechnics effects by combustion or explosion.

Examples are toy torpedoes, railway torpedoes, some firecrackers and salutes, exhibition display pieces, aeroplane flares, illuminating projectiles not fused and without expelling charges, flash powders in inner units not exceeding 2 ounces each, flash sheets in interior packages, flash powder or spreader cartridges containing not over 72 grains of flash powder each, and flash cartridges, consisting of a paper cartridge shell, small-arms primer, and flash composition, not exceeding 180 grains all assembled in one piece. Fireworks must be in a finished state, exclusive of mere ornamentation, as supplied to the retail trade and must be so constructed and packed that loose pyrotechnic composition will not be present in packages in transportation.

(4) Special fireworks, except as otherwise authorized, must be securely packed in containers complying with the following specifications:

  1. Spec. 11B—Strong, tight, sparkproof wooden barrels.
  2. Spec. 15A, 15B, 16A, or 19A—Wooden boxes. Gross weight not to exceed 200 pounds.

(15) The gross weight of a package containing toy torpedoes must not exceed 65 pounds.

(16) Except as otherwise specified herein the gross weight of one outside package containing fireworks must not exceed 200 pounds and not more than 600 pounds of special fireworks can be carried on any one car.

(17) Each outside package of Special Fireworks must be plainly marked in letters not less than seven-sixteenths inch in height Special Fireworks—Handle Carefully—Keep Fire Away.

(19) Label. Each outside package containing Special Fireworks when offered for transportation by carriers by rail express must have securely and conspicuously attached to it a square red label measuring 4 inches on each side and bearing in black letters the following:

Red label for special fireworks

(20) Common Fireworks. Common fireworks are the following manufactured articles designed primarily for the purpose of producing visible or audible pyrotechnic effects by combustion or explosion. Common fireworks must be in the finished state exclusive of mere ornamentation, as supplied to the retail trade and must be so constructed and packed that loose pyrotechnic composition will not be present in packages in transportation:

  1. Roman candles, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty grams each in weight.
  2. Sky rockets with sticks, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty grams each in weight. The rocket sticks must be securely fastened to the casing.
  3. Helicopter type rockets, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty grams each in weight.
  4. Cylindrical fountains, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed seventy-five grams each in weight. The inside tube diameter shall not exceed 3/4 inch.
  5. Cone fountains, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed fifty grams each in weight.
  6. Wheels, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed sixty grams in weight, for each driver unit, but there may be any number of drivers on any one wheel. The inside bore of driver tubes shall not be over 1/2 inch.
  7. Railway fusees, truck flares, hand ship distress signals and illuminating torches. Total pyrotechnic composition of illuminating torches not to exceed one hundred grams each in weight.
  8. Sparklers and dipped sticks, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed one hundred grams each in weight. Pyrotechnic composition containing any chlorate or perchlorate shall not exceed five grams.
  9. Coloured Box and Cone Fire, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed one hundred grams each in weight.
  10. Mines and Shells of which the mortar is an integral part except those designed to produce an audible effect, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed forty grams each in weight.
  11. Firecrackers and salutes with casings, the external dimensions of which do not exceed one and one-half inches in length or one-quarter inch in diameter, and all articles designed to produce audible effect, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed two grains each in weight.

(21) Common fireworks, except as otherwise authorized, must be securely packed in containers complying with the following specifications:

  1. Spec. 11B—Strong, tight, sparkproof wooden barrels.
  2. Spec. 15A. 15B, 16A or 19A. Wooden boxes. Gross weight not to exceed 100 pounds.
  3. Spec. 12B—Fibreboard boxes. Gross weight not to exceed 65 pounds.

(22) Firecrackers, Chinese, in addition to containers specified in Section 29 (21) a, b, c, may also be transported in the package in which they are imported, provided these packages consist of wooden boxes, or fibreboard boxes, Spec. 12B, in good condition, completely covered with strong matting and do not weigh more than 100 pounds, gross.

(23) Fireworks, such as sparklers or fusees, with match tip or head, or similar igniting point or surface, must have each individual tip, head, or similar lgniting point or surface entirely covered and securely protected against accidental contact or friction.

29 (24) Railway fusees, flares or highway signals must be packed in containers complying with the following specifications:

  1. Spec. 15A, 15B, 16A, or 19A.—Wooden Boxes. Gross weight not to exceed 200 pounds.
  2. Spec. 12B—Fibreboard boxes, provided that ends of boxes are reinforced to prevent penetration of spikes through the outside container when the completed package, prepared for shipment, is subjected to two drops from a height of 4 feet on a solid surface and so as to strike diagonally with spikes in a downward position. Gross weight not to exceed 65 pounds is authorized in boxes made in accordance with paragraph 32 of Spec. 12B.
  3. Spec. 20—Mailing tubes, provided that penetration of the spikes of fusees (flares or highway signals), through the outside container is prevented by one of the methods specified for fibreboard boxes, Spec. 12B, in Section 29 (24) (6). Gross weight not to exceed 5 pounds.
  4. Fusees, flares, pyrotechnic, or highway signals without spikes, or torches, pyrotechnic, when offered for shipment may be packed in containers prescribed in this paragraph, omitting the protection required for these articles when equipped with spikes.
  5. Fusees, flares, or highway signals may be packed with non-explosive or non-flammable articles provided the outside packages are marked as prescribed herein.

(25) Except as otherwise specified herein the gross weight of one outside package containing common fireworks must not exceed 100 pounds.

(26) Each outside package must be plainly marked in letters not less than seven-sixteenths inch in height Common Fireworks—Handle Carefully—Keep Fire Away.