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Blasting, explosives and fireworks

Any company or individual that uses or transports explosives or are engaged in blasting and firing cannons and mortars must hold a certificate of competency (individuals) or a certificate of registration (companies).

Blasting in Massachusetts requires permits and licenses. Blasting companies must hold an Explosives Users Certificate. Individuals must hold an Explosives Certificate of Competency. Companies must also have explosive magazine permits for permanent and vehicle mounted magazines. Local fire departments issue Use and Handling Permits for specific blasting projects.

Blasting permits and licenses

Blasting companies must have:

Individuals must have:

See the application instructions and licensing exam schedule

Local fire departments issue Use and Handling Permits for specific blasting projects.

 

Fireworks and special effects permits and licenses

Companies and individuals using fireworks and special effects must have:

Fireworks can only be used by licensed shooters in Massachusetts where a permit has been obtained from the local fire department.

Transportation of explosives and fireworks permits

All explosive magazine trucks must have:

Trucks transporting fireworks must have:

Blasting complaints by property owners

Property owners may have concerns about nearby blasting projects. They can:

Information for fire departments

Additional Resources for Information for fire departments

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