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Offline moletta

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Explosives between 1919-1939
« 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?

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Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
« Reply #2 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...

Offline The Old Ruminator

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Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
« Reply #3 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.

Offline tony from suffolk

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Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
« Reply #5 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.

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Re: Explosives between 1919-1939
« Reply #6 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!
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