What is an explosives certificate?
If you wish to keep acquire or keep explosives in storage, you will require an explosives certificate.
Explosives covered under the Explosives Regulations 2014 can be used for commercial or leisure purposes. Some of these purposes could include explosives used in a commercial environment or at events where re-enactments of historical battles involve the use of muzzle-loading muskets and cannons.
Other forms of explosives may include fireworks, safety cartridges and vehicle airbag detonators.
Whatever the purpose or event, you must be able to provide good reason for acquiring or keeping any explosive material.
What different types of certificates are available?
There are two types of explosives certificate. The type of certificate you require will depend on how you plan to use or store the explosives.
An acquire only explosives certificate is required when explosives are used and not kept or stored overnight.
Acquire and Keep
An acquire and keep explosives certificate are required when explosives are kept in an approved place of storage.
How to apply for an explosives certificate
Explosives certificate applications must be made via the firearms licensing unit of your local police force. You can find the contact details for your local police force at the Official UK Government Website.