When Shipping Fireworks Goes Wrong
According to reports, the fire started when a piece of equipment on the truck caught fire. Before the driver could put it out, the flames spread to the hazardous cargo.
All lanes of traffic were closed for several hours as a local task force and volunteer firefighters worked to subdue the blaze.
VIDEO: A tractor-trailer carrying a large amount of fireworks caught fire overnight, igniting the #fireworks – shutting down parts of I-287 in #New Jersey. (Courtesy: Albin Forgiarini) More Information - https://t.co/i2bwxqt1Rk pic.twitter.com/DbIsJV9YuE— News12NJ (@News12NJ) June 27, 2022
Fireworks As Hazardous MaterialsMost commercial fireworks are regulated as Division 1.4G explosive materials in transportation. Like nearly all hazardous materials, Division 1.4G explosives are subject to extensive US DOT requirements for packaging, markings and labels, and documentation. Employees who prepare and handle shipments must complete required hazmat training (see 49 CFR 172.704).
Based on hazmat incident reporting data available from DOT/PHMSA, transportation incidents involving fireworks are relatively rare. Since 2010, common causes of incidents that included a release of a 1.4G material include:
- Failure to block and brace cargo
- Dropped packages and containers
- Packages punctured with forklifts or sharp objects
Upcoming Hazmat Training Workshops
Develop a step-by-step process to ship hazardous materials/dangerous goods by ground and air, in full compliance with US DOT and international regulations. These upcoming workshops are built to help satisfy 49 CFR (DOT) and IATA DGR training mandates for shippers and "hazmat employees."
Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)
Hazmat Air Shipper Certification (IATA)
|Ground Shipper (DOT)||Air Shipper (IATA)|
|Nashville||July 13–14||July 15|
|Dallas||July 25–26||July 27|
|Orlando||Aug. 3–4||Aug. 5|
|Houston||Aug. 16–17||Aug. 18|
|Los Angeles||Sept. 14–15||Sept. 16|
|Chicago||Oct. 5–6||Oct. 7|
Later this year: Hazmat training workshops come to St. Louis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Hartford in Fall/Winter 2022. Find upcoming training at Lion.com/Hazmat.
US DOT requires training once every 3 years for all hazmat employees (49 CFR 172.704).
For air shippers, the IATA DGR requires training once every 2 years (IATA DGR 1.5)
Tags: DOT compliance, hazmat shipping, hazmat training, shipping fireworks
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