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What are security-sensitive explosives?

The requirements for security clearances apply to all holders of security-sensitive authorities and to any of their employees who will have unsupervised access to explosives.

Security-sensitive explosives are defined below.

Classification of explosives

Security-sensitive explosives Non security-sensitive explosives
  • Ammunition, other than small arms ammunition*, that contains an explosive
  • Blasting explosives
  • Fireworks, other than a firework prescribed by regulation
  • Propellant powders
  • Pyrotechnic substances used in fireworks
  • Any explosive prescribed by regulation that could cause serious injury or death

*Small arms ammunition is defined as ammunition for a shotgun or another firearm with a calibre of no more than 25.4mm or primers (cap type) used for reloading the ammunition.

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