Guide on the Use of Explosives in Educational Demonstrations


This Guide contains information for teachers on the Explosive Regulations 2014. It details when Explosive Certifiates are required by schools and how to get them. There are some websites for more detailed information.

Type of Activity

demonstration, class practical



Age Group

14 to Teacher


The guide was produced by a joint working party of the Explosives Industry Group of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI/EIG), the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Royal Institution (RI).

Advice is given on a practical approach to complying with the requirements of the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 (MSER) for those persons who are not required to have a licence. MSER requires any person who manufactures explosives to have a licence, except in a very few, highly specified cases. Nothing in this guide, however, removes the requirement under Regulation 9 (2) of MSER to restrict the amount of explosives manufactured for the purposes of demonstrations. The Control of Explosives Regulations 1991 (COER) require any person who acquires or acquires and keeps explosives to have a certificate issued by the police, except where those explosives have been specifically exempted from that requirement.

This guide provides advice on how the licensing requirements of MSER and the certification requirements of COER apply to the manufacture, storage, acquisition and keeping of explosives used in demonstrating fundamental principles of chemistry in an educational environment.