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Interpretation Response #99-0095 ([Mr. Mark Kloppel])

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. Mark Kloppel

Location State: AZ Country: US

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Response text:

May 26,1999


Mr. Mark Kloppel                           Ref. No.99-0095
3225 West Gibson Lane
Phoenix, Arizona 85009

Dear Mr. Kloppel:

This responds to your letter addressed to the Environmental Protection Agency and postmarked February 24,1999, concerning requirementa for transportation explosive material in the continental United States. Your letter was referred to this office for response.

Federal regulations applicable to the transportation of explosive and explosive material are included in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). The HMR set forth procedures that you must follow if you ship or transport a hazardous material in the course of your business. The HMR explain how to classify and package a hazardous material and how the package must be marked and labeled. The HMR also tell how to complete the shipping papers and emergency response information that must accompany a hazardous material shipment. In addition, the HRM tell whether the vehicle in which a hazardous materials shipment is being transported must be placards and the specific placards that must be used. Finally,  the HMR explain training requirements for persons who transport hazardous materials or prepare hazardous materials for shipment.

You do not need a federal license to transport explosive in the continental United States. However, you may not offer for transportation or transport an explosive unless it has been tested, classed, and approved by the Associates Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety. Regulations governing definitions, classification, and packaging of explosives (Class 1 materials) are in Subpart D of Part 173 of the HMR. Procedures for classification and approval explosives are in 173.56. You can obtain a copy of the HMR from a U.S. Government Bookstore. The nearest bookstore to you is in Los Angeles, California, at the following address:

U.S. Government- Bookstore
ARCO Plaza, C-Level
505 South Flower Stree
Los Angeles, California 90071        
(213) 239-9844

The HMR are also on-line at our Hazardous Materials Internet Website. You can access the website at “”

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact this office.



Thomas G. Allen
Senior Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

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