An explosive is a substance that causes a violent bursting with expansion or noise. The laws of individual states may give a more detailed definition or specific examples of explosives. Some examples include bombs, Molotov cocktails, fireworks, and dynamite.
No, not all explosives are illegal. Explosives may be used in activities such as blasting a tunnel or drilling a mine. However, because they are highly dangerous, the government regulates them closely.
Explosives are regulated by the US Department of the Treasury, through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. It requires licenses for selling, manufacturing, importing, and dealing in explosives. The Secretary of the Treasury publishes a list of explosives that are subject to criminal penalties.
These are some acts prohibited by law:
Even if you use, transport, or store explosives for a legitimate reason, it is important to make sure you abide by all regulations controlling their use. You will be held to a high standard of care. You are responsible for any injuries that may result through the use, transport, or storage of explosives.
A lawyer can help you determine the relevant law applicable to explosives you deal with. If you are accused of an explosive related crime, you should contact a criminal lawyer immediately to learn about your rights and the complicated legal system. If you are involved in an accident involving explosives, a personal injury lawyer can advise you of your rights and remedies.
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