The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a nationwide roadside inspection sweep through July 8 to ensure that commercial motor vehicles transporting Fourth of July holiday-related fireworks categorized as Class 1 Explosives are operating in full compliance with federal and state safety standards.
FMCSA inspectors, in partnership with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and state law enforcement, will examine the driver, vehicle and hazardous materials loads. They will take into account safety permits, shipping papers, placards, load securement, packaging, marking, labels and all other requirements for the transportation of fireworks categorized as Class 1 Explosives.
In addition, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued safety information for commercial operators about how to safely handle and transport fireworks. PHMSA’s safety alert at www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/Hazmat/hz_pub_fireworks-industry-alert-poster.pdf covers the transport of consumer fireworks, which are explosives covered by the hazardous materials regulations.
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