1970 - 1979


A major component of the blasting cap program was the "Lock Em Up" campaign directed at users of blasting supplies.

The Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, transferring many explosives regulations to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of the Department of Treasury, was passed. (The bill became effective in 1971.)

IME approved a plan to voluntarily mark cartridges and cases of explosives for the purpose of identification, effective January 1, 1971. It was in two parts: product identification marking and transaction record keeping. The shipping case would bear the same number as the individual units in the case.


Production was initiated on a new blasting cap film to replace "Blasting Cap - Danger!" made in 1956.

The 3M Company began developing technology to trace explosives using glass microspheres. IME objected to this program for safety and practical reasons.

A recommendation was developed for the design and construction of boxes for combined shipments of caps and other explosives.

Paid advertising was used for the first time in connection with the Blasting Cap Safety Education Program.

"Explosives - Tool for Progress" to date had 260 telecasts reaching an estimated audience of 7.7 million people.


The first edition of SLP No. 22 "IME Standard for the Safe Transportation of Electric Blasting Caps in the same Vehicle with Other Explosives" as published and was the culmination of 57 years of discussions and studies of containers for shipping caps with other explosives.

IME petitioned DOT to create a new hazard class called "Blasting Agents".


IME worked with the Hazardous Materials Regulations Board of DOT which subsequently adopted regulations requiring labels on all explosives packages by January 1, 1974.


IME representatives attended the first public hearings sponsored by BATF on explosives tagging.

The "Explosives Magazine Emergency Procedures" poster was first published.


Two top BATF officials spoke on the explosives tagging programs at the Spring meeting.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) volunteered to participate in IME?s Blasting Cap Safety Education Program. FBI Director Clarence Kelley appeared in a television spot., and a special notice on this production was sent to 40,000 law enforcement agencies. Another mailing was sent to 5,000 police units with bomb disposal responsibilities.


IME presented testimony before a Senate Subcommittee in opposition to legislation mandating a tagging program.


The Mine Enforcement and Safety Administration (MESA) of the Department of the Interior became the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) of the Department of Labor.

SLP No. 12, "Glossary of Commercial Explosives Industry Terms" was published.


Formal Antitrust Compliance Guidelines were approved as was the policy for distributing the guidelines at each IME meeting. Prohibited subjects including pricing and agreements restricting sales areas or customers.

There was unanimous support among the Board of Governors for opposition to explosives tagging.

The Institute relocated in October to Washington, D.C. after 65 years in New York City (818 Connecticut Avenue, NW).