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.

Are Explosives Illegal?

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.

Who Regulates Explosives?

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.

What is Prohibited?

These are some acts prohibited by law:

  • Threatening to use explosives.
  • Destroying or damaging property by using explosives.
  • Possessing explosives at the airport and other sensitive areas.
  • Committing a felony with an explosive.
  • Carrying an explosive while committing a felony.
  • Teaching or demonstrating how to make or use an explosive for an illegal purpose.
  • Transporting or receiving explosives without a license.
  • Distributing explosives to a person under the age of 21, a convicted felon, a fugitive, or someone judged mentally incompetent.
  • Selling explosives without an appropriate license.

What are the Penalties?

Depending on the violation, breaking a law about explosives could be a felony or a misdemeanor. You could face a fine, probation, jail time, or a combination.

What If I Use Explosives Legally?

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.

Should I Contact A Lawyer About 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.