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  • Text: Ordinances of the Town of Columbia, An Ordinance to Prohibit the Keeping of more gun powder in the town of Columbia than a certain quantity, and for other purposes therein mentioned (1820). Be it ordained by the Intendant and Wardens of the town of Columbia, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of July next, no merchant, retailer, dealer in powder, or any person or persons whatever, within the said town, shall retain, keep or have in his, her or their possession, at any time, a greater quantity of gunpowder than fifty pounds weight. And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, That it shall be the duty , and lawful for the fire-masters, or any two of them, as also for the town marshal, on information given to them, or the same coming to their knowledge, by any means whatever, of a greater quantity of gunpowder than fifty pounds weight, being in the possession of, or within the enclosure of any person or persons whatsoever, to enter into the enclosures of any person or persons whatsoever, to enter into the enclosures house or houses, out-houses, stables, and yards f every owner or tenant of the same within the town of Columbia, and enquire, search and examine if any greater quantity than fifty pounds weight are lodged or contained in any such place within the said town; and, if upon such information, examination or search, the said fire-masters or town marshal shall have just grounds to suspect, or be satisfied that a greater quantity of gunpowder than is allowed by this ordinance, is lodged or contained in any such place or places aforesaid, they are hereby required, immediately thereupon, to give information thereof to the intendant and wardens of the said town. And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, That all and every owner or tenant of such house or houses, places or enclosures, after being duly summoned to appear before the intendant and wardens, and upon a conviction of each and every such offence, as is prohibited by this ordinance, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding twenty dollars. Provided nevertheless, That if any person or persons shall erect or build such a building or buildings within the limits of the said town, in which gunpowder may be lodged or deposited, without endangering the said town, or the property of any of the citizens thereof, and to be approved by the said fire-masters and the intendant and wardens, that then such building or buildings shall exempt the proprietors or owners who have gun-powder deposited therein, form the fines by this ordinance imposed, except as before excepted.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: South Carolina
    Year: 1823
  • Text: [Ordinances of the City of St. Louis,] An Ordinance Containing Regulations as to Gun Powder, § 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and board of Aldermen of the city of St. Louis, That no store or shopkeeper, or other person or persons, shall keep, at the same time, in any house, shop, store, cellar or warehouse, or in any boat, more than thirty pounds of gunpowder, within the limits of the City. § 2. And be it further ordained, That the aforesaid quantity of powder allowed to be kept within the limits of the city, shall be kept in close kegs or canisters, and be kept in a good and safe place. § 3. And be it further ordained, That if any person or persons shall offend against, or violate this ordinance, he, she, or they, so offending, shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of twenty dollars. § 4. And be it further ordained, That no boat owner, shall be allowed to keep more than one keg of powder on board his boat, within three days of his arrival, and shall be liable to the same fine as if the powder had been kept in any store or ware-house. § 5. And be it further ordained, That the Mayor or any Alderman, is hereby authorized, as often as he shall be informed, upon oath, of probable cause to suspect any person or persons whomsoever, of concealing or keeping within the said city, any quantity of gunpowder over and above thirty pounds, as aforesaid, to issue a search warrant to examine into the truth of such allegation or suspicion, and search any place whatever therein.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Missouri
    Year: 1823
  • Text: Summary of Private and Local Acts[, Port Gibson] . . . . Said president and selectmen may pass ordinances to regulate the keeping, carting and transporting gunpowder, or other combustible or dangerous materials, and, the use of lights in stables, to remove or prevent the construction of any fireplace, hearth or chimney, stoves, ovens, boilers, kettles or apparatus used in any house, building, manufactory or business which may be dangerous in causing or promoting fires; to appoint one or more officers, at reasonable times, to enter into and examine all dwelling houses, lots, yards and buildings, in order to discover whether any of them are in a dangerous state. . .
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Mississippi
    Year: 1824
  • Text: A By-Law Relative to the Storage and Sale of Gunpowder. Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the city of New Haven, in Court of Common Council assembled, 1st. That hereafter no person or persons shall, within the limits hereafter described, either directly or indirectly, sell and deliver any gunpowder, or have, store, or keep any quantity of gunpowder greater than one pound weight, without having obtained a license for that purpose from said Court of Common Council, in the manner herein prescribed. Provided, that nothing in this by-law contained shall be construed to prevent any person or persons from having or keeping in his or their possession, a greater quantity of powder than one pound weight, during any military occasion or public celebration, while acting under any military commander, and in obedience to his orders, or under permission and authority therefor, first had and obtained of the Mayor or some one of the Aldermen of said city. Provided also, That any person or persons purchasing gunpowder, shall be allowed between the rising and setting of the sun, sufficient time to transport the same from any place without said limits, through said limits to any place without the same. 2d. The Court of Common Council aforesaid, shall have power, on application to them made, to grant and give any meet person or persons a license to sell gunpowder, and for that purpose to have, store, and keep gunpowder in quantity not exceeding at any one time seven pounds weight, and that well secured in a tin canister or canisters, and at such place or places within said limits and for such term of time, not exceeding one year, as said Court shall deem fit; which license shall be signed by the Clerk of said Court, and shall be in the form following, viz -- Whereas the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of the City of New Haven, in Court of Common Council convened, have approved of ___, as a suitable and proper person to keep, store, and sell gunpowder within the City of New Haven: We do therefore give license to said ____, to sell gunpowder at (describe the place) and for the purpose aforesaid, to have, keep, and store in said building any quantity of gunpowder not exceeding at any one time seven pounds weight, until the ___ day of ___. Dated, Signed per order, A.B., Clerk. For which license the person receiving the same shall pay the City Clerk twenty-five cents; and the same shall be by said Clerk recorded at full length. And before any license shall be given as aforesaid, the person or persons receiving the same shall pay to the Clerk aforementioned, for the use of said city, a sum after the rate of five dollars per annum. 3d. Before any shall proceed to sell or to store or keep gun-powder by virtue of any such license so given as aforesaid, such person shall put in a conspicuous place upon the front part of the building in which such powder is to be stored or sold, a sign, with the following words plainly and legibly inscribed thereon, viz., “Licensed to keep Powder,” and shall continue the same during the time he shall keep, store, or sell gunpowder in said building. 4th section repealed. 5th. That no person or persons shall put or receive or have any quantity of gunpowder on board of any steamboat, for transportation therein in any of the waters within the limits of said city. 6th. If any person shall sell, keep, or store any gunpowder within the limits aforesaid, contrary to the true intent and spirit of this by-law, or without complying with all the pre-requisites enjoined thereby; or if any person or persons shall put or receive, or have on board of any steamboat for transportation on any of the waters within the limits of said city, any quantity of gunpowder, such person or persons shall forfeit and pay the sum of thirty-four dollars, one half to him who shall give information, and the other half to the use of the city.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Connecticut
    Year: 1827
  • Text: § 1 . . . [I]t shall be lawful for the select-men of each and every town within this State, or a majority of them, by their order, in writing, directed to the owners or persons having charge of the same, to cause to be removed to some safe and convenient place within said town, and within such time, as in said order may be prescribed, and quantity of gunpowder so deposited or kept, within the limits of said town, as in the opinion of said select-men, or a majority of them, may endanger the persons or dwellings of any individuals whatsoever. Whereupon it shall become the duty of the persons thus notified, to remove the said gunpowder within the time, and to the place specified in said order. § 2. That in case the said gun powder shall not be removed pursuant to said order, as is hereinbefore prescribed the said select-men, or a majority of them, may remove or cause the same to be removed to such place within said town, as in their opinion shall be deemed safe and convenient. And they shall have and retain a lien upon the said powder for all necessary expenses in removing and keeping the same.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Connecticut
    Year: 1832
  • Text: It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to deposit or keep in any store, ware house [sic] or other building in the city of Cincinnati any greater quantity than twenty eight pounds of gunpowder at any one time, and all gunpowder which shall be deposited or kept in said city contrary to the provisions of this act or contrary to the provisions of any of the ordinances of said city shall be forfeited to the said city of Cincinnati, and may be seized and disposed of in such a manner as the city council of said city shall by ordinance prescribe.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Ohio
    Year: 1832
  • Text: Qui-Tam Suits and Forfeitures, § 27. Every person, who shall refuse to remove any gun-powder in his charge, when legally requested by the selectmen of the town in which the same is deposited or kept, or who shall not deposit and keep it at the place legally designated by them, shall forfeit fifty dollars.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Connecticut
    Year: 1832
  • Text: That it shall be the duty of the commissioners of the county of Hamilton, to examine on or before the first day of May next, all buildings wherein any gunpowder may be kept or stored by a greater quantity than one keg within said county and without the corporate limits of the city of Cincinnati[.]
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Ohio
    Year: 1833
  • Text: Ordinances of the City of Cincinnati, An Ordinance to Regulate the Keeping of Gunpowder, § 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Cincinnati, That no person or persons in the city of Cincinnati, shall keep, have, or possess, in any house, warehouse, shop, shed, or other building, nor in any street, side walk, lane, alley, passage, way, or yard, nor in any cellar, wagon, cary, or carriage, of any kind whatever; nor in any other place, within said city, Gun Powder, in any way or manner, other than as provided for by this ordinance; nor in any quantity exceeding twenty-five pounds, to be divided into six equal parts. § 2. Be it further ordained, That it shall not be lawful for any person or persons to sell gun powder by retail within said city, without having first obtained a license from the city council for that purpose; and every person obtaining a grant for a license to sell gun powder, shall receive a certificate of such grant from the city clerk, and pay into the city treasury, a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, nor less than ten dollars; besides fifty cents to the Mayor for issuing the same; Provided that license be granted to not more than four persons in any one ward, and so that they be separated from each other, by at least two entire blocks or squares; and all applications for such license, shall be in writing, stating the situation where such gunpowder is to be kept. § 3. Be it further ordained, That every person who obtains a license as aforesaid to retail gun powder, shall keep the same in tin canisters, well secured with good and sufficient covers; and shall place on the store or building containing the same, a sign with the words, LICENSED TO SELL GUN POWDER, Provided that nothing in this ordinance shall be so construed to prevent any person from carrying gun powder through the streets in its exportation, or to some place of deposit, without the limits of the corporation, if the same be put up in tight and well secured kegs or vessels. § 4. Be it further ordained, That it shall be the duty of the city marshal and his deputies, and any of the fire wardens, on any day, (Sundays excepted) between sun rising and setting, to enter into any house or building, or any other place within said city, where gun powder is kept or suspected to be kept, and examine the premises, and if they or either of them shall find any gun powder, contrary to the provisions of this ordinance, they or either of them shall seize such powder, together with the vessel containing the same, in the name of the city of Cincinnati; and the officer making such seizure, if he be other than the marshal, shall forthwith report such seizure to the marshal, who shall immediately take charge of the gun powder so seized, as if in case of seizure by himself; and in either case he shall immediately take charge of the gun powder so seized; to be conveyed to some safe place of deposit without the limits of the city. And the marshal shall, moreover, forthwith report such seizure to the mayor, with the name of the person in whose possession such gun powder was seized, or with the name of the owner, if his name be known, whereupon the mayor shall issue a citation against the owner, if known and within his jurisdiction, and if not, then against the person whose possession such gunpowder was seized, citing the defendant to appear on a day to be named in such citation, and show cause, if any he have, why the gun powder so seized should not be forfeited to the city, and a fine imposed agreeably to the provisions of this ordinance; upon which citation proceedings shall be had as in other cases upon the city ordinances, and if a final judgment of forfeiture be pronounced against the gun powder so seized, the marshal shall proceed to sell and dispose of the same for the benefit of said city, after having given three days notice of such sale, by advertisement in at least three public places in the city, and at one of the market houses on market day, to the highest bidder; and the net proceeds thereof shall be credited on teh execution against the person fined for keeping the same contrary to the provisions of this ordinance: Provided, that, of any lot of powder seized according to the provisions of this ordinance, not more shall be sold by the marshal than will pay the fine and costs of suit and expense attending the seizure.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Ohio
    Year: 1835
  • Text: That when gunpowder is shipped on board a steam boat, which shall at all times by stowed away at as great a distance as possible from the furnace, and written notification thereof shall be placed in three conspicuous parts of the boat; and in the event of such notification not being so exhibited, then for any loss of property or life for which the powder may be deemed the cause, the owner shall be liable . . . .
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Indiana
    Year: 1836
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