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Blasting and Explosives

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for regulating the storage, handling and use of explosives in the commonwealth. This includes blasting at coal mines, quarries, construction sites and demolition blasting. For more information on Blasting, please see the Citizens Guide to Explosives Regulation in Pennsylvania.

Public Advisory: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Blasting Activities


Blasting and explosives use is regulated under Title 25 of the Pa. Code:
Ch 210: Blasters' Licenses
Ch 211: Storage, Handling and Use of Explosives
Mining-specific explosives regulations are also included in Chapters 77, 87, 88 and 89.

More information on blasting permits.

Training and Certification

Blaster Training and Examination Dates and Providers

Blasting License Photo Reminder
Please call for availability prior to your travel for a photo license. The Photo Licensing location, phone number and hours are:
Bureau of Mining Programs
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461
(717) 787-5103
Hours: Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Report lost or stolen cards, as well as changes of address or employer (Email)