This is what I understand right now, and I do not have the details of rules
and regs like many do. This is how my permit experience went and what I
1) In order for you to buy a motor with more than 62.5g of propellant in the
motor or reload kit, you need a LEUP.
2) In order to get a LEUP, you have to have provisions to store what you do
not use, but still own at the end of a launch. This does not have to be
your storage, but it has to be documented to be someone who can legally
posess and store the material. A club member or vendor can perform this for
3) The local guys hold the keys to the first door. ATF will grant a
variance for storage, even in an attached garage. If you do have an
attached garage (like me) you will need a separate magazine to store
igniters/e-matches. Yes, it sucks. I bought two of the commercial Type 4
mags from US Explosive, then four of the 5 tumbler, 7/16" hasp Master locks.
From my perspective, it was not worth my time to fab my own mags.
My town, just outside of Buffalo, NY, required a Hazmat permit ($25/year)
but does allow storage. NY State does not have any restrictions. Apart
from my own application change (contingency to local storage) my experience
was only painful in the pocketbook because of the two mags. I reminded my
wife and my self that this is still waaaaayyy cheaper than a boat or classic
cars. The expensive part is feeding the HPR rockets.
My motor magazine is empty, I've burned all that I bought. I did have at
one time two motors for a few weeks. My igniter mag has some e-matches in
it. I intend to stock up via mail order early next year. Hazmat charges
apply to packages, not motors, so you can spread the charge across a few
reloads to minimize the cost impact.
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