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CPSC Meeting Will Focus on Possible Updates to Fireworks Regulations

The CPSC will hold a meeting on 7 March to allow interested parties to present oral comments on a February 2017 proposal to amend the fireworks regulations under the Federal Hazardous Act. The proposed amendments would create new requirements and modify or clarify existing requirements in an effort to reflect the realities of the fireworks market, changes in technology, existing fireworks standards, and safety issues associated with fireworks devices. Some of the proposed revisions would align existing fireworks standards or codify the CPSC’s existing testing practices.

The CPSC notes that comments on the topics listed in the February 2017 notice of proposed rulemaking would be helpful at the public meeting. In particular, the Commission would find information and data on the following topics useful.

  • the public safety need for the proposed chemical composition and pyrotechnic weight limits for ground devices
  • the public safety need for prohibiting hexachlorobenzene and lead tetroxide and other lead compounds in fireworks devices
  • the public safety need for the proposed test method to evaluate side ignition and the appropriateness of the proposed ignition-resistance period
  • the public safety need for the proposed ban of fireworks devices that project fragments when functioning
  • the appropriate trace contamination allowance levels for prohibited chemicals
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