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3. Making or possession of explosives (s.55 Crimes Ordinance)

Anyone who makes or knowingly has in his possession, an explosive substance is liable to imprisonment for 14 years unless he can show that he has made it or possess it for a lawful object.


If it is proved that the person charged knows that he is in possession of a thing containing an explosive substance, he is presumed to know that he is in possession of an explosive substance.


“Explosive substance” includes any materials for making any explosive substance, any equipment or part of equipment intended to be used, adapted for causing explosion.


The definition of “explosive substance” as it stands now can cover substances that “detonate” or “explode” in its ordinary sense (such as a pipe bomb) and substances that produced a “pyrotechnic effect” (such as smoke bombs which produce intense heat and smoke).

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