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Quantification and control of the hazards associated with the transport and storage of fireworks

Objective

Serious explosion accidents have occurred in EU countries that have involved the bulk storage of display fireworks. Currently, there is no means of estimating the hazards posed by such storage and the UN transport classification scheme is all that can be used as a potential indicator. This test scheme, however, was developed for high explosives and munitions and in many instances may be inappropriate. The proposal aims to address this deficiency by undertaking work to better quantify what the UN methods measure and to develop more appropriate tests to replicate the effects of confinement in bulk storage and transport. The modes of reaction of packaged fireworks in fire will be examined and the data obtained will feed into the test development. The results from the proposed new tests will be evaluated against those obtained in full scale fire trials on steel containers and cast concrete structures containing packaged display fireworks to validate the methods.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Address
Broad Lane
S3 7HQ Sheffield
United Kingdom

Participants (3)

FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR MATERIAL RESEARCH AND TESTING
Germany
Address
Unter Der Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
MILITARY INSTITUTE OF ARMAMENT TECHNOLOGY
Poland
Address
Prymasa Wyszynskiego 7
05 220 Zielonka
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO*
Netherlands
Address
137,Lange Kleiweg 137
2280 AA Rijswijk Zh