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Importation, Exportation, and Transportation in Transit of Fireworks

An Import, Export, and In Transit Permit is required for the importation, exportation, and transportation in transit into or from Canada of any fireworks (with the exception of Christmas crackers containing less than 2 mg of explosives substance). Pistol caps, firecrackers, and pyrotechnic smoke generators are classified as fireworks in Canada and require an Import, Export, or In Transit permit.

An Import and Export Permit is granted to allow the importation and exportation of fireworks that appear on the List of Authorized Explosives. Fireworks transported in transit do not have to be authorized.

Certain types of fireworks are not authorized for use in Canada, and therefore, prohibited for import and export.  This list is intended as a guide and is not to be regarded as all-inclusive.  When there is any doubt about the admissibility of an article, full particulars should be referred to the Explosives Regulatory Division.

Commodity Description Status
Cigarette loads or plugs Small explosive charges designed for insertion in cigarettes or cigars that will cause them to explode after the victim takes a few puffs. Prohibited
Exploding matches

Resemble ordinary book matches and are designed to explode after a certain delay, usually about the time they are in position to light a cigarette.

Sparkling matches Resemble the normal book matches but send out a shower of sparks. Prohibited
Ammunition for miniature tie clip, cufflink or key chain pistols A violent type of blank ammunition made up for use as a novelty. Prohibited
Auto alarms or jokers Supposedly designed as burglar alarms but are really used for a practical joke: when wired to the ignition system of a car, they operate with a loud screeching whistle followed by copious emissions of smoke and a loud explosion. Prohibited
Cherry bombs, M-80s, silver salutes and flash crackers Very violent firecrackers that cause serious injuries every year; they are considered far too violent and contain an excessive charge of a prohibited fireworks composition. Prohibited
Throw-down and step-on torpedoes and cracking balls Small objects designed to explode on impact; some of the latter are so shaped and coloured as to look like children’s breakfast cereal or candy balls. Prohibited
Exploding golf balls Designed to explode and emit a cloud of smoke on impact. Prohibited
Stink bombs and smoke bombs (see also “Smoke signals and generators”) Often made to resemble cherry bombs and salutes, they are used for practical jokes Prohibited
Tear-gas pens and launchers Resembling a pen, they may contain a mechanism activated by an explosive. Supposedly for protection against muggers, but are more commonly used as offensive weapons or as practical jokes. Prohibited
Party poppers and table bombs Designed to project paper streamers or dispense party favours; the smaller ones are made of coloured plastic and shaped like champagne bottles. Prohibited
Table rockets and bottle skyrockets Small fireworks designed to be launched from a table or a bottle and burst into a shower of sparks or a cloud of smoke. Prohibited
Fake firecrackers and other trick devices Any article that employs or simulates an explosive or a pyrotechnic for a trick or practical joke. Prohibited
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