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Interpretation Response #00-0246 ([U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission] [Mr. Patrick M. Race])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Individual Name: Mr. Patrick M. Race

Location State: DC Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

October 6, 2000


Mr. Patrick M. Race                      Reference.  No. 00-0246
Compliance Officer
Office of Compliance
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Washington, DC 20207

Dear Mr. Race:

This is in response to your August 31, 2000 letter, addressed to Mr. James E. Jones, Office of Hazardous Materials Exemptions and Approvals, concerning the applicability of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) to Federal government personnel who transport or offer for transportation hazardous materials, such as fireworks and butane-fuel cigarette lighters.

Your understanding of the HMR is correct.  Hazardous materials transported for noncommercial purposes by government personnel are not subject to the HMR.  However, if the purpose is commercial, or if government personnel offer the hazardous materials for transportation to a commercial carrier, then the HMR apply.

You are also correct in your understanding that multi-purpose lighters, also known as grill lighters, fireplace lighters, gas matches, etc., would be described and classified as “Lighters, containing flammable gas, 2.1, UN 1057".

If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us.



Hattie L. Mitchell, Chief
Chief, Regulatory Review and Reinvention
Office of Hazardous Materials  Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
171.1 Applicability of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to persons and functions