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29.06.01.09

.09 Fireworks and Explosive Materials.

The NFPA 1 Fire Code (2012 Edition) is incorporated by reference, except for the amendments in Regulation .08 of this chapter and the following amendments:

A. Permits shall be required for the following:

(1) Fireworks displays;

(2) Pyrotechnics before a proximate audience; and

(3) Flame effects before an audience.

B. Amend Sections 65.2, 65.3, and 65.4 to add the following:

(1) All applications for permits for display shall be filed at least 10 business days before the display is to be held.

(2) Under Public Safety Article, Title 10, Annotated Code of Maryland, the following requirements apply to public liability and property damage insurance:

(a) In order to meet the requirement of the statute, the State shall be named as an insured in the contract of insurance;

(b) Because the policy shall cover all damages to persons or property, a deductible form of coverage may not be accepted;

(c) The minimum amount of coverage that the State can accept on any display is $25,000 for the injury of one person, $50,000 for more than one person, and $10,000 for property damage; and

(d) A duplicate policy of a certificate of insurance shall be attached to the application.

(3) The policy or certificate shall provide that:

(a) The coverage may not be canceled without at least 30 days notice to the State Fire Marshal;

(b) The duplicate policy or certificate shall set forth all of the terms, conditions, endorsements, and riders which are or which will become part of the policy when issued;

(c) It is understood and agreed that limitations cannot be included in the policy which are not set forth in the duplicate policy or certificate of insurance which has been filed;

(d) If the policy is issued by an insurer authorized to do business in the State, it shall be validated by the signature of an agent licensed by the Maryland Insurance Administration to represent the insurer;

(e) If coverage is provided by an insurer who is not authorized to do business in the State, the duplicate policy or certificate of insurance shall be accompanied by a power of attorney or other satisfactory evidence that the person, firm, or corporation acting as agent in accepting the risk has authority to bind risks and issue policies for the insurer;

(f) The State Fire Marshal's Office specifically reserves the right to disapprove contracts issued by any authorized insurer if the Fire Marshal's Office determines the insurer is unsatisfactory; and

(g) If the policy issued by the unauthorized company is acceptable to the Fire Marshal's Office, it shall be registered and the registration fee and tax paid.

C. Amend Section 65.5 to add the following regarding the manufacture of fireworks:

(1) A building containing hazardous mixes or items may not be located closer than 20 feet to the property line.

(2) In §C(3) of this regulation, the following terms have the meanings indicated:

(a) "Trainees" means employees undergoing initial training in a specific process for a period not to exceed 24 consecutive work hours.

(b) "Transients" means:

(i) Supervisors not regularly assigned to the area;

(ii) Bona fide government agency personnel engaged in official business; and

(iii) Material-handling personnel actively engaged in the transfer of materials into or out of the area.

(3) The maximum number of workers, excluding one trainee and three transients, permitted in a building at one time shall be limited to one person per 100 square feet gross floor area or one person in buildings of less than 100 square feet gross floor area.

(4) The total amount of explosives or pyrotechnic composition including raw materials, material being processed, and finished products, that may be safely permitted in any building at a given time, shall be determined by the enforcement agency based upon the American Table of Distances for Storage of Explosives, without recognition for barricades. However, distances may not be less than those required by Public Safety Article, §10-204(a), Annotated Code of Maryland. The amount of explosives or other pyrotechnic composition may not exceed the amount necessary for production for 4 hours.

(5) Before beginning work, all fireworks plants shall submit for approval accurate scale plot plans of their premises to the State Fire Marshal of all proposed changes of location of any of the structures, fences, and gates.

D. Amend Section 65.5 to add the following Subsection: 65.5.3 Sale or use of sparklers shall comply with the following:

(1) Before the sale, offering for sale, or use within the State, of any sparkler, every manufacturer of sparklers shall submit sufficient samples for inspection to the State Fire Marshal, with a laboratory report from a certified testing laboratory affirming that the analysis of these sparklers showed that they contain no chlorates or perchlorates.

(2) All sparklers sold in the State shall be sold in boxes, and each box shall be clearly marked that the sparklers contain no chlorates or perchlorates.

(3) The manufacturer shall furnish the State Fire Marshal with a current list of wholesalers, jobbers, retailers, or retail outlets, who handle or supply sparklers, or maintain a list of wholesalers, jobbers, retailers, or retail outlets, subject to inspection by the State Fire Marshal.

E. Amend Subsection 65.9.1 reference to NFPA 495 as follows:

(1) Delete Sections 11.1 and 11.2.

(2) Amend Section 3.3 to add the following definition: Demolition. The explosive razing of any manmade structure or any part thereof that cannot be covered with overburden or blasting mats.

(3) Amend Section 4.4 to add the following new Subsection: 4.4.7 Each applicant for a Demolition Class D permit shall possess 5 years of experience in the field of demolition and shall pass the demolition examination as approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

F. Delete Subparagraph 65.10.6.4.5.

G. Amend Section 74.1 reference to NFPA 400 to delete Subsection 11.1.3.

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