IDNR Explosives Safety, Recognition and Handling Course

IDNR Explosives Safety, Recognition and Handling Course

11-05-19 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Address: 5407 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614, USA


Brian B Fengel, Director
Illinois Central College-Peoria Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:
Heather Grove:

IDNR Explosives Safety, Recognition and Handling Course

Instructor: Antony Lacey

November 5, 2019
9am – 4:30pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: November 2, 2019
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 64
Course Objective

This is a one-day 8-hour class being provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, OMM-Explosives and Agg. Division. The class will provide hands on education with recognizing the different types of high/low explosives and their requirements at both the State of Illinois level, as well as the BATFE (Federal) level. In addition to general explosive recognition, the specifics and differences of consumer fireworks (1.4) vs. professional grade fireworks (1.3G) and the laws that pertain to them will be discussed in great detail. Each individual who attends the class and passes the exam will receive an IL IDNR Individual Explosives License, to be used in association with their law enforcement duties.

This class is being provided by the IDNR to help educate law enforcement and to provide direct assistance, on scene, when dealing with explosive situations. The IDNR regulates/ investigates high and low explosives including 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.5. Too many times law enforcement does not have the education to know how to identify an explosive and/or if a bomb squad needs to be called. Bomb Squads, Explosives Breaching SWAT Teams, and BOMB Dog Handlers already possess the IL Individual Explosives License. The IDNR must be notified immediately upon any recovery of a regulated explosive and/or device to pursue the information necessary for enforcement.

Course Content

Topics discussed are:

  • Illinois Explosives Act
  • Explosive Storage Requirements-Law Enforcement and Non-Law Enforcement
  • Explosives Safety/Recognition/Handling (m-devices, homemade sticks, etc.)
  • Fireworks- 1.3G low explosives (professional fireworks) vs 1.4 low explosives
  • Enforcement of 1.3G vs. 1.4 and their requirements
Instructor Biography

Mr. Lacey is currently a Blasting Specialist/Inspector/Investigator for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He has been with the Department for five years and inspects/investigates all explosive storage facilities (Law enforcement and Non-Law Enforcement), explosives accidents, explosives incidents, and performs random checks/investigations on both licensed and unlicensed individuals.

He has a licensed, certified or instructs the following

  • Illinois Licensed Surface Aggregate Blaster
  • Illinois Certified Surface Coal Blaster
  • Illinois Individual Explosive License Holder
  • Dyno Nobel
  • Buckley Powder Company
  • Instructor of the IIDNR’s Individual explosive Licensing program for the Central Illinois Region
  • Instructor of the IDNR’s Surface Aggregate Blasting License program
  • Instructor of the IDNR’s Surface Coal Blasting Certification program. 
  • Operator of seismograph machines for recording detonation of explosives
  • Explosives identification/regulation for investigation’s
  • Conduct investigations into explosive/blasting incidents.
  • Investigate anonymous explosives information provided to the IDNR
  • Inspection of certified explosives storage magazines 
Course Certification Information

Mobile In-Service Training Team#7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets the following mandatory training criteria: Legal Updates