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Interpretation Response #01-0216 ([Mr. Larry J. Talley])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name:

Individual Name: Mr. Larry J. Talley

Location State: TN Country: US

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Response text:

October 15, 2001


Mr. Larry J. Talley                               Reference No. 01-0216
2499 Countrywood Parkway
Cordova, TN 38018

Dear Mr. Talley:

This responds to your letter dated August 7, 2001, regarding the transportation of black powder under the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) and the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions).  Specifically, you ask if there are any exceptions that would allow for the domestic or international transportation of black powder by aircraft.

The answer is no.  The air transportation of black powder is forbidden both domestically under the HMR and internationally under the ICAO Technical Instructions.  Putting the black powder into either a shotgun case or brass rifle case, as you describe in your letter, and carrying it onto an aircraft, would be a willful violation of the regulations. .

I trust this satisfies your inquiry.  Please contact us if we can be of further assistance.



Edward T. Mazzullo
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.22 Shipper's responsibility