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  • Text: (Section I, P.L.) Whereas by an act, entitled “An act for the better securing the city of Philadelphia from danger of gunpowder," passed in the year one thousand seven hundred and twenty-four, and a supplement thereto, passed in the year one thousand seven hundred and forty-seven, continuing the said act in force until altered by a future assembly, it was directed that all gun-powder brought into the port of Philadelphia should be deposited in a certain powder house therein described, under the penalty of ten pounds for every offense: And Whereas another powder house or magazine hath been erected in the said city in the public square on the south side of Vine street, between the Sixth and Seventh streets from Delaware at the public expense: And whereas the said penalty of ten pounds is not deemed sufficient to deter persons from storing large quantities of gunpowder in private houses and stores, to the great danger of the inhabitants: [Section I.] (Section II, P.L) Be it therefore enacted and it is hereby enacted by the Representatives of the Freemen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in General Assembly met, and by the authority of the same, That no person whatsoever, within the precincts of Philadelphia, nor within two miles thereof, shall, from and after the passing of this act, presume to keep in any house, shop or cellar, store or place whatsoever, in the said city, nor within two miles thereof, other than in the said public magazine, any more or greater quantity at any one time than thirty pounds weight of gun-powder, under the penalty of forfeiture of the whole quantity so over and above stored, together with a fine of twenty pounds for every such offense.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
    Year: 1783
  • Text: . . . [F]rom and after the passing of this act, it shall not be lawfull [sic] for any merchant, shopkeeper, or retailer, or any other person, or persons whatsoever, to have or keep any quantity of gun powder exceeding twenty-eight pounds weight, in any one place, less than one mile to the northward of the city hall of the said city, except in the public magazine at the Fresh-water, and the said quantity of twenty-eight pounds weight, which shall be lawfull [sic] for any person to have and keep at any place within this city, shall be seperated [sic] into four stone jugs or tine canisters, which shall not contain more than seven pounds each, on pain of forfeiting all such gunpowder, and the sum of fifty pounds for every hundred weight, and in that proportion for a greater or lesser quantity, and upon pain of forfeiting such quantity which any person may lawfully keep as aforesaid, and which shall not be seperated [sic] as above directed, with full costs of suit to any person or persons, who will inform and sue for the same . . . as well for the recovery of the value of such gun powder in specie, as for the penalty aforesaid, besides costs, and to award, effectual execution thereon . . .
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: New York
    Year: 1784
  • Text: That if any person or persons, shall keep in any dwelling-house, store or other buildings, on land, within the limits of said Portsmouth, except the magazine aforesaid, more than ten pounds of gun-powder at any one time, which ten pounds shall be kept in a tin canister properly secured for that purpose, such person or persons shall forfeit the powder so kept, to the firewards of said Portsmouth to be laid out by them in purchasing such utensils as they may judge proper for the extinguishing of the fire; and the said firewards are hereby directed and empowered to seize, and cause the same to be condemned in any Court of Law or Record proper to hear and try the same, to be disposed of for the purchase aforesaid. And the offender shall also forfeit and pay a fine for the use of the poor of said Portsmouth, equal to the value of the powder so kept in any store, dwelling-house, or building; which fine, shall be sued for and recovered by the overseers of the poor of said Portsmouth, for the use of said poor, in any Court of Law proper to try the same.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: New Hampshire
    Year: 1786
  • Text: [Ordinances of Kensington, Northern Liberties, An Act for Securing the City of Philadelphia and the Neighborhood Thereof from Damage by Gunpowder (1774), § 2. No person shall keep in any house, store, shop, cellar or other place within the city of Philadelphia, nor the country adjacent, within two miles of the said city, any greater quantity of gunpowder, at one time, than thirty pounds weight thereof, under the penalty of forfeiture of the whole quantity so over and above stored or kept, together with the sum of twenty pounds for every such offense. . . § 5. All gunpowder brought by land into the said city, or the adjacent country, within two miles of the said city, if above thirty pounds weight at one time, shall be immediately carried to the said magazine, and delivered to the superintendent thereof, or his deputy, within the hours hereinafter prescribed for his attendance at the said magazine, under the same penalties as if brought by water, and not delivered, as in such case is herein directed, at the said magazines. . . § 12. Any justice of the peace within the limits of the said city, and the adjacent country within two miles of the said city, on demand made by such superintendent or keeps of the said magazine, showing a reasonable cause, on oath or affirmation, may issue his warrant under his hand and seal empowering such superintendent or keeper of the said magazine to search, in the day time, any house, store, shop, cellar or other place, or any boat, ship or other vessels, for any quantity of gunpowder forbidden by this act to be kept in any place or places, and for that purpose to break open, in the day time, and such house, store, shop, cellar or other places aforesaid, or any boat, ship or other vessel, if there be occasion; and the said superintendent or keeper of the said magazine, on finding such gunpowder, may seize and remove the same, in twelve hours, from any such place or places, boats, ships or vessels, to the said magazine, and therein detain the same, until it be determined in the proper court, whether it be forfeited or not by virtue of this act; and the said superintendent or keeper of the said magazine shall not in the mean time be sued for seizing, keeping and detaining the same, nor shall any writ of replevin issue therefor, until such determination as aforesaid be made, but all such suits are hereby declared to be illegal, erroneous and abated.]
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
    Year: 1787
  • Text: That it shall and may be lawful for the owners of gun-powder not deposited , or to be deposited, in the said magazine, the square to the south of Vine street, to remove and deposit the same in the said new magazine; and all gun-powder brought into the city of Philadelphia, from and after the first day of July next, shall be deposited and kept in the said new magazine subject to the regulation contained in the said first recited act.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
    Year: 1791
  • Text: That if any person or persons, shall keep in any dwelling-house, store or other building on land, within the limits of said Portsmouth, except the magazine aforesaid, more than ten pounds of gun-powder at any one time, which ten pounds shall be kept in a tin canister, properly secured for the purpose, such person or persons shall forfeit the powder so kept to the firewards of said Portsmouth to be laid out by them in purchasing such utensils as they may judge proper for the extinguishing of the fire; and the said firewards are hereby directed and empowered to seize, and cause the same to be condemned in any court of record proper to hear and try the same, to be disposed of for the purchase aforesaid. And the offender shall also forfeit and pay a fine for the use of the poor of said Portsmouth, equal to the value of the powder so kept in any store, dwelling-house, or building; which fine, shall be sued for and recovered by the overseers of the poor of said Portsmouth, for the use of said poor, in any ourt of law proper to try the same.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: New Hampshire
    Year: 1793
  • Text: 1794 Md. Laws 246, Art. 32. That if any member of society shall suffer any damage by storing gunpowder in town, or breaming ships or other vessels at the wharfs, occasioned by the act, assent or direction, of such member, the insurance of such member so suffering damage, shall thereupon become void.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Maryland
    Year: 1794
  • Text: § 1. Be it therefore enacted by hte General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is hereby enacted, That no person or persons shall hereafter keep or deposit gunpowder, in a greater quantity than twenty-eight pounds, in any shop, building or other place, in the town of Providence, except such place or places as the Town Council of said town shall allow and designate for that purpose. § 2. And be it further enacted, That all and every person and persons whomsoever, who shall hereafter keep or depsoit gunpowder, in a greater quantity than twenty eight pounds, in any shop or shops, building or buildings , or in any other place or places in said town, except only such place or places as the Town-Council of said town shall allow and designate for that purpose, shall forfeit and pay the sume of twenty dollars, for each and every such offence, to be recovered by bill, plaint or information, before one or more of the Justices of the Peace for said town, and for hte use of the poor of said town. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said quantity of twenty-eight pounds of gun-powder, shall be kept in tin canisters, and in no other vessels; and if any person or persons, whomsoever, shall keep the same in any vessl or thing, except said tin canisters, the person or persons guilty thereof, shall, for each and every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars, to be recovered and appropriated as aforesaid.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1798
  • Text: Ordinances of the City of New York, To Regulate the Keeping of Gun-powder in the City of New York: Whereas the better to secure the inhabitants of the city of New York from the dangers they have been exposed to by large quantities of gun powder being kept in houses, shops and stores within the said city, a suitable and convenient magazine or powder house is erected and built at Inclemberg in the seventh ward for the reception of all the gunpowder which is or shall be imported into the said city: Therefore, Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonality of the City of New York in Common council convened, That no person or persons shall keep in any house, shop store house or other place within two miles of the city hall of the said city (Magazines of powder of the United States or of this state only excepted) any more or greater quantity of gun powder at one time than twenty-eight pounds, and that in four separate stone jugs or in tin canisters, each of which shall not contain more than seven pounds weight of gun-powder, under the penalty of twelve dollars and fifty cents for every offense.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: New York
    Year: 1799
  • Text: §1... That all Gun Powder imported and landed at the port of Boston, shall be brought to and lodged in the Powder House or Magazine in said town, and not elsewhere, on pain of confiscation of all Powder put or kept in any other house or place...
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1801
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