Act 36 of 1965
- Commenced on 1 June 1966
- [This is the version of this document at 30 June 2012 and includes any amendments published up to 30 June 2014.]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Explosives Act.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,"Chief Inspector" means the Chief Inspector of explosives appointed under section 3;"blasting materials" means explosives used for the purpose of blasting;"explosives" means(a)gunpowder, nitro glycerine, dynamite, gelignite, guncotton, blasting powders, fulminate of mercury or of other metals, coloured fires and every other substance, whether similar to those herein mentioned or not, which is used or manufactured with a view to produce a practical effect by explosion;(b)any fuse, rocket, detonator or cartridge, and every adaptation or preparation of an explosive as herein defined;(c)any other substance, which the Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, declare to be an explosive,and includes any apparatus, machine, implement or materials used, or intended to be used, or adapted for causing or aiding in causing any explosion in or with any explosives and also any part of any such apparatus, machine or implement; but does not include arms and ammunition in respect of which a licence to possess or to deal in is regulated by any other law;"Government store" means any place or places appointed by the Chief Inspector by notice in the Gazette for the storage of explosives;"inspector" means the Chief Inspector or an inspector of explosives appointed under section 3;"manufacture" means the making and division of any explosive from or into its component parts by any process, the conversion of an explosive into an explosive of another kind and the alteration, fitting for use or repair of, any explosive;"prescribed" means prescribed by regulations made under this Act;"regulations" means regulations made under section 19.
3. Appointment of inspectorsThe President may appoint*, by name or by office, a Chief Inspector of explosives and such inspectors of explosives as to him may seem necessary for carrying out the provisions of this Act, and all such appointments shall be notified in the Gazette.
4. No explosives to be manufactured, imported, sold, dealt in or disposed of without permit
5. No explosives to be purchased or acquired without permit
6. Restriction on storage of explosives
7. Prohibition of conveyance of explosives without permit
8. Issues of permits to possess explosives
9. Restriction on possession of explosives
10. Restriction on use of explosives and blasting materials
11. Issue of blasting certificates
12. Validity and extent of permits and authorityA permit or authority issued under this Act may be issued for one or more transactions, with respect to a particular kind of explosive and a particular amount thereof authority or may be general, and shall be valid for such period as may be named in the permit or authority unless issued for one or more transactions when it shall expire on the completion of the transactions.
13. Precaution against loss of explosives
14. Penalty for hiding, etc., explosivesAny person who buries, submerges or otherwise hides explosives, or abandons explosives, or leaves explosives unattended in such manner and for such period that it is possible for other persons to have access thereto, is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of two thousand rupees and to imprisonment for three years.
15. Causing explosion likely to endanger life or propertyAny person who wilfully and unlawfully causes by any explosives an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or to cause serious injury to property, whether any injury to person or property has been actually caused or not, is guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life.
16. Attempt to cause explosion, etc., likely to endanger life, etc.Any person who wilfully and unlawfully—
17. Making, ect., explosives under suspicious circumstancesAny person who makes or knowingly has in his possession or under his control any explosives, in such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable suspicion that he is not making them or does not have them in his possession or under his control for a lawful object, is, unless he can show that he made them or had them in his possession or under his control for a lawful object, guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years, and the explosives shall be forfeited.
18. Powers of police officers and inspectors
20. SavingNothing in this Act shall apply to—
History of this document
01 June 1966