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  • Text: Ordinances of Charleston, An Ordinance to Revise and Amend an Ordinance Respecting Fires in the City of Charleston, and for other Purposes Therein Mentioned, § 5. And be it further Ordained by the Authority Aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the fire-masters to enter into the houses, out-houses, stables and yards of every owner or tenant of the same in Charleston, wherever they shall see occasion and enquire, search, and examine if any quantities of gun-powder ,hay, straw, fodder, pitch, tar, rosin, turpentine, hemp, oil, tallow, or other combustible matter, are lodged in any such place within the said city, which may be in danger of taking fire; and if the said fire-masters shall find there is apparent danger that fire may be communicated by such combustibles, they shall admonish the owner or the tenant of such house or houses, to remove the same, and in case such person or persons shall refuse or neglect to remove the same, within twelve hours from such notice being given, the said fire masters are hereby empowered, and directed, to cause the same to be removed and lodged in some more secure place, at the charge of such owner or tenant, and shall issue a warrant, under the hands and seals of any three, or more of them, and levy the expenses of the same and fine of thirty dollars for every such offense.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: South Carolina
    Year: 1802
  • Text: Be it further enacted, That said trustees are herby authorised [sic] to make such regulations as they may deem necessary and proper, relative to the keeping of gun-powder in the said town of Lexington, and if necessary may prohibit any inhabitants of said town, from keeping in the settled parts thereof, any quantity of gun powder which might in case of fire be dangerous . . . .
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Kentucky
    Year: 1806
  • Text: [Ordinances of the City of New Orleans, An Ordinance for Preventing Fires,] Art. 15. Captains of vessels are obliged, within twenty four hours from their arrival in this port, to deposit the gun-powder they may have on board, in the powder-magazine situate on the right bank of the river, the owner paying to the keeper of the magazine a suitable compensation. All citizens are strictly forbidden to keep in their houses, or elsewhere within the city or suburbs, more than one hundred pounds of gun-powder at a time, and in case of fire, such as live near the place where it is, if they have powder in their houses, shall be obliged to throw into their wells the barrels containing the same. These dispositions must be complied with, under the penalty of a fine, not exceeding fifty dollars, to be levied on every delinquent, who shall moreover be liable to the damage that may result.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Louisiana
    Year: 1808
  • Text: An Act to Regulate Gun-Powder Manufactories and Magazines within this State. §1. Be it enacted by the Council and General Assembly of this state, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of May next, no person or persons whatsoever, shall be permitted within this state to erect or establish, or cause to be erected or established, any manufactory which shall be actually employed in manufacturing gun-powder, either by himself or any other person, either on his own land or the land of another, within the distance of a quarter of a mile from any town or village, or house of public worship; or within the distance of a quarter of a mile from any dwelling-house, barn or out-house, without the consent, under hand and seal, of all and every the owner or owners of such dwelling-house, barn or outhouse, as aforesaid; and any person so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined any sum not exceeding two thousand dollars: Provided, That nothing in this section shall be so construed as to prevent the completing, rebuilding or repairing any powder-mill now erected or erecting in this state on the site on which the same shall be now erected or erecting. § 2. And be it enacted, That no person or persons hereafter shall be permitted to erect or cause to be erected any powder magazine within this state, either upon his own land or the land of any other person, and actually deposit gun-powder therein, within the distance of half a mile from any town or village, house of public worship, dwelling-house or out-house. And any person so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined not exceeding the sum of two thousand dollars.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: New Jersey
    Year: 1811
  • Text: [Ordinances of the City of Pittsburgh,] An Ordinance Containing Regulations as to Gun-Powder, § 1. That no shop-keeper or other person or persons, shall keep, at the same time, in any house, shop, cellar or warehouse, or other apartment, or in any boat within the said city, more than thirty pounds weight of gun-powder. § 2. That the aforesaid quantity of gun-powder allowed to be kept within the city, shall be deposited in a place by itself, separate from other goods and commodities, and shall be secured by lock and key, or in some other safe manner. § 3. That no person shall carry or convey in any dray, cart, wagon or other carriage, any greater quantity of gun-powder than thirty pounds weight, at any one time, in or through the city, without securing the same in a good bag or bags, or within a canvas or other safe covering completely around the said powder, sufficient to prevent the same from scattering from the said carriage. §4. That if any person or persons shall offend against or violate any of the sections contained in this ordinance, he, she or they, so offending, shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of fifty dollars.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
    Year: 1816
  • Text: . . . [T]he mayor and city council of the city of New Orleans shall have full power and authority . . . [T]o prevent gun powder being stowed within the walls and suburbs in such quantity as to endanger the public safety . . . .
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Louisiana
    Year: 1816
  • Text: That said president and select men, shall and may, from time to time, pass ordinances to regulate the keeping, carting and transporting gun powder or other combustible or dangerous materials[.]
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Mississippi
    Year: 1818
  • Text: An Act for the prevention of damage by Fire, and the safe keeping of Gun Powder. § 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in Legislature assembled, That the Selectmen of each town within this State, containing not less than fifteen hundred inhabitants, be, and they hereby, are authorized and empowered to make rules and regulations, from time to time, in conformity with which, all gun powder which is or may be within such town, shall be kept, had or possessed therein; and no person or persons shall have, keep, or possess within such town, any gun powder, in any quantity, manner, form or mode, other than may be prescribed by the rules and regulations aforesaid. § 2. Be it further enacted, That any person or persons who shall keep, have or possess any gun powder, within any town, contrary to the rules and regulations which shall be established by the Selectmen of such town, according to the provisions of this Act, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not less than twenty dollars, and not exceeding one hundred dollars, for each and every offence, to be recovered by action of debt in any Court proper to try the same. § 3. Be it further enacted, That all gun powder which shall be had, kept or possessed, within any town, contrary to the rules and regulations which shall be established by the Selectmen of such town, according to the provisions of this Act, may be seized by any one or more of the Selectmen of such town, and shall within twenty days next after the seizure thereof, be libelled, by filing with any Justice of the Peace in such town, a libel, stating the time, place and cause of seizure, and the time and place when and where trial shall be had before said Justice, and a copy of said libel shall be served by the Sheriff, or his deputy, on the person or persons, in whose possession the said gun powder shall have been seized. . .
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Maine
    Year: 1821
  • Text: Be it further enacted, That it shall, and may be lawful for any one or more of the Selectmen of any town to enter any building, or other place, in such town, to search for gun powder, which they may have reason to suppose to be concealed or kept, contrary to the rules and regulations which shall be established in such town, according to the provisions of this Act, first having obtained a search warrant therefor according to law.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Maine
    Year: 1821
  • Text: The Mayor and Board of Aldermen, shall have power by ordinance, to . . . regulate . . . the storage of gun powder, tar, pitch, rosin, hemp, cotton and other combustible materials[.]
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Missouri
    Year: 1822
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