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List of Explosives Approved for Use in Hong Kong
Part I - Blasting Explosives
Further Information
1 Cartridges and Bulk Explosives
2 Electric Detonators
3 Non-Electric Detonators
4 Electronic Detonators
5 Other Explosives Accessories (booster, primer, fuse, detonating cord etc.)

Part II - Explosives for Industrial and Other Uses

Further Information
1 Air Bags and Seat Belt Pretensioners
2 Safety Cartridges for Industrial Fastening Tools
3 Fire Extinguisher Actuators
4 Ammunition
5 Fog Signals, Smoke Generators, Welding Igniters
6 Electric Matches, Igniters
7 Distress Signals, Life-saving Equipment

Explanatory Notes:

  1. Pursuant to Regulations 4 and 9 of the Dangerous Goods (General) Regulations Cap. 295B, conveyance and storage of explosives in Hong Kong shall not be allowed except under and in accordance with a licence or permit granted by the Authority. A permit to convey (Removal Permit) and a licence to store (Mode A or Mode B Store Licence) shall not be granted by the Commissioner of Mines (CoM) unless suppliers of the explosives have submitted the necessary information related to safety, classification, and labelling and packing for vetting. After vetting by the CoM, the explosives will be included in this List.
  2. Explosives in Part I of the List denoted by an “*” against the product description means that storage test on the product has not been completed. Storage test is a local test designed to test that the explosives will not deteriorate under the local storage and climate conditions within the manufacturer’s recommended shelf life. For details of the test, readers may approach the CoM at the address given in Note 6 below.
  3. Explosives, which are pyrotechnic special effects materials (PSEM), manufactured for creating special visual and sound effects for entertainment purposes are controlled under the Entertainment Special Effects Ordinance Cap. 560. These PSEM are listed separately in a register maintained by the Entertainment Special Effects Licensing Authority, and are not included in this List.
  4. For explosives under the “Ammunition” heading in Part II of the List, CoM regulates their conveyance and storage by Removal Permit and Mode B Store Licence issued under Regulations 4 and 10(3) of the Dangerous Goods (General) Regulations Cap. 295B. Possession, dealing, storage, conveyance, and use of such explosives are also subjected to the control under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance Cap. 238.
  5. The following abbreviations are used in this List:

    HCC : The Hazard Classification Code which comprises the Hazard Division and the Compatibility Group assigned to dangerous goods under the United Nations classification system.

    UN No. : The serial number assigned to dangerous goods under the United Nations classification system.

  6. Any query or comment on the List should be directed to the Commissioner of Mines at the address: Mines Division, Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department, 25/F, 410 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR.