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TECHNICAL FORUMS => Digging => Topic started by: moletta on September 11, 2020, 02:48:56 pm

Title: Explosives between 1919-1939
Post by: moletta on September 11, 2020, 02:48:56 pm


  Does anyone know what the rules were about storing /using explosives between the wars? I know war service led

  to some cavers having a working knowledge, but was it legal to use it?
Title: Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
Post by: mikem on September 11, 2020, 03:03:06 pm
Perfectly (1875 & 1883):
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Vict/38-39/17/contents
https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/explosives
Title: Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
Post by: dmcfarlane on September 11, 2020, 08:19:02 pm
As late as 1978, as a student, I was able to get a license for several pounds of Gelignite (Hampshire police - but to use in Yorkshire!).  Probably not anymore...
Title: Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
Post by: The Old Ruminator on September 12, 2020, 09:14:11 am
In the 70's I seem to remember that an immediate use licence let you have a maximum of eight pounds of either stick or plaster. We always went for the eight pounds.
Title: Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
Post by: tony from suffolk on September 12, 2020, 12:19:34 pm
Pretty easy to get a bit of bang in the 60s/70s. IIRC, you were even allowed to carry your 8lbs on public transport! We used to buy ours from Casswells - pretty cheap, again IIRC.
Title: Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
Post by: moletta on September 21, 2020, 09:12:08 pm
Thanks all. Does make you wonder how some people survived!

I've seen the Acts but was hoping someone knew how people got hold of explosives after WW1.
Title: Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
Post by: AR on September 21, 2020, 09:20:52 pm
The short answer is "bought it from a shop" -  from what I've been told it wasn't uncommon for hardware stores in mining/quarrying areas to sell it; presumably you'd have to show your licence at least once to get it but prior to the IRA bombing campaigns of the 1970s controls on getting bang were pretty relaxed!