City of Amsterdam, NY
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Amsterdam 5-26-1976. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful to engage in blasting operations or in any other activity in which explosives are used or to store or keep in the city any black powder, guncotton, giant powder, dynamite, nitroglycerin, fulminate of mercury or any other explosive or substance, compound, mixture or article having properties of such a character that alone or in combination or contiguity with other substances or compounds may decompose suddenly and generate sufficient heat, gas or pressure to produce rapid flaming combustion or administer a destructive blow to persons or property, without having secured a license therefor and complied fully with the provisions of this chapter.
Permits shall be obtained:
A. 
To manufacture, possess, store, sell or otherwise dispose of explosives or blasting agents.
B. 
To transport explosives or blasting agents.
C. 
To use explosives or blasting agents.
D. 
To operate a terminal for handling explosives or blasting agents.
E. 
To deliver to or receive explosives or blasting agents from a carrier at a terminal between the hours of sunset and sunrise.
F. 
To transport blasting caps or electric blasting caps on the same vehicle with explosives.
A. 
Required permits can be obtained from the office of the Director of Public Works whose approval shall be endorsed thereon, together with that of the City Engineer. The fee for such permit shall be required by the applicant payable as follows:
(1) 
Permit for period of two weeks: $100.
(2) 
Permit for a period of six weeks: $250.
B. 
An insurance policy in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 is also required to be posted by the applicant to save the City of Amsterdam harmless from any matter resulting from the granting of said permit.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
Manufacture. The manufacture of explosives or blasting agents shall be prohibited unless such manufacture is authorized by the Director of Public Works, City Engineer and the Chief of the Amsterdam Fire Department. This shall not apply to hand loading of small-arms ammunition for personal use when not for resale.
B. 
Storage. The storage of explosives and blasting agents is prohibited within the limits established by law as the limits of the city in which such storage is to be prohibited, except for temporary storage for use in connection with approved blasting operations; provided, however, that this prohibition shall not apply to wholesale and retail stocks of small-arms ammunition, explosive bolts, explosive rivets or cartridges for explosive-actuated power tools.
C. 
Quantity. The Director of Public Works and the Chief of the Amsterdam Fire Department may limit the quantity of explosives or blasting agents to be permitted at any location.
D. 
Sale, display. No person shall sell or display explosives or blasting agents on highways, sidewalks, public property or in or at places of public assembly.
E. 
Restriction upon location, quantity. The Director of Public Works, along with the Chief of the Amsterdam Fire Department, may designate the location and specify the maximum quantity or explosives or blasting agents which may be loaded, unloaded, reloaded or temporarily retained at each terminal where such operations are permitted. Carriers shall immediately notify the Director of Public Works when explosives or blasting agents are received at terminals.
F. 
Location of buildings. Buildings used for the storage of blasting agents separate from explosives shall be located away from inhabited buildings, passenger railways and public highways, in accordance with the provisions of the American Table of Distances for Storage of Explosives.
A. 
Time. Blasting operations shall be conducted between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., except when authorized at other times by the Director of Public Works.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Notice. Wherever blasting is being conducted in the vicinity of gas, electric, water, fire alarm, telephone, telegraph or stem utilities, the blaster shall notify the appropriate representatives of such utilities at least 24 hours in advance of blasting, specifying the location and intended time of such blasting. Verbal notice shall be confirmed with written notice. In an emergency, this time limit may be waived by the Director of Public Works.
C. 
Precautions. Due precautions shall be taken to prevent accidental discharge of electric blasting caps from current induced by radio or radar transmitters, lightning, adjacent power lines, dust storms or other sources of extraneous electricity.
A. 
Location of facilities. Buildings or other facilities used for mixing blasting agents shall be located away from inhabited buildings, passenger railways and public highways, in accordance with the provisions of the American Table of Distances for Storage of Explosives.
B. 
Quantity limits. Not more than one day's production of blasting agents or the limit determined by the American Table of Distances for Storage of Explosives, whichever is less, shall be permitted in or near the building or other facility used for mixing blasting agents. Larger quantities shall be stored in separate buildings or magazines.
C. 
No blasts shall be discharged unless the Director of Public Works or his representative is present at the site. The applicant may be required to provide additional safety precautions as determined by the Director of Public Works or his representative from field conditions prior to blasting.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the foregoing provisions of this chapter shall be liable to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each offense, and each and every day that any of the terms, conditions or provisions of this chapter are not complied with shall be considered a separate offense.