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Interpretation Response #99-0173 ([Shao Chen] [Mr. Mike He])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Shao Chen

Individual Name: Mr. Mike He

Location State: LA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

August 4, 1999


Mr. Mike He                                Ref.  No. 99-0173
Shao Chen
3805 Simone Gardens, #2
Metairie, LA 70002

Dear Mr. He:

This is in response to your letter dated June 26, 1999, regarding applicability of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) to cigarette lighters containing no fuel.

A cigarette lighter, or other similar device, equipped with an ignition element and containing fuel may only be shipped if the design of the device and its inner packaging has been examined by a person who is approved by the Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety (AAHMS).  In addition the device and its inner packaging must also be approved by the AAHMS.  A cigarette lighter that contains no fuel or residue thereof and does not contain any other hazardous material is not subject to the HMR.

I hope this satisfies your request.



John A. Gale           
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.21 Forbidden materials and packages