SALE AND STORAGE OF EXPLOSIVES.

SALE AND STORAGE OF EXPLOSIVES.

After the fatal explosion and fire in Tarrant’s drug house in Warren street three years ago there have been frequent efforts to revise the regulations concerning the use and storage of chemicals and drugs within the limits of New York city. These regulations have been revised by the municipal excise commissions, and the results are summarised as follows:

No person, firm, or corporation shall transact business in New York city, as a wholesale or retail druggist, of engage in any trade, traffic or manufacture requiring the use or storage of drugs and chemicals (in the manner and quantity specified) without first obtaining a permit from the fire commissioner. The fee for wholesale druggists permits is $10; retail druggists’, $5. The said permits shall remain in force for one year, unless revoked by the fire commissioner. No permit will he granted for more than one building, separate buildings calling for separate permits.

The sale or storage of the following is forbidden: Colored fire in any form, flash-light powder, liquid acetylene, acetylene of copper, fulminate of mercury, fulminating gold and -silver, or any other fulminate or fulminating compound, guncotton, nitro-glycerine, except in United States Pharmacopeia solution, chloride of nitrogen or any arnide or amine explosive. gunpowder in any form, cymogene or any volatile product of petroleum or coal tar having a boiling point lower than sixty degrees Fahrenheit, chlorate of potash in admixture with organic substances or with phosphorous or sulphur. Tablets of chlorate of potash made and kept solely for medicinal use only are exempt. Failure to comply with these restrictions will subject the owner or proprietor to revocation of license. Every wholesale druggist will he required to have one or more men to act as his warehousemen, and he charged with the proper storage and care of the substances stored on the premises. Each warehouseman must have a certificate of fitness, the fee for which will be $1. In retail drug stores the quantities of combustible substances allowed are still more limited.

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